Finding the Silver Lining in Being Sidelined


2015-06-15 Feature2So I’ve got the -itis. De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis, to be exact. Something about attempting a 1RM snatch for practically an hour straight at open gym one Sunday 6 weeks ago likely has something to do with it. Fast forward 5 weeks of stubbornness and I’m back in my ortho doctor’s office saying hey look, at least I took more than a year to come back, and this time with a new injury!

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In addition to earning a gold star for being his first patient to diagnose herself via Dr. Google and hit the nail on the head, instructions were given to stop doing ANY workout that involved gripping for at least the next 4 weeks. I had already quit cleans, jerks and snatches, but rowing, deadlifts and kettlebell swings still felt alright. Little did I know that they also were contributing to the problem.

For someone who’s been happily drinking the koolaid for 3 years now, I expected to be a bit more upset walking out of a doctor’s visit knowing I’d have to significantly scale back on CrossFit.

However, to take an absolutely overused line from an absolutely overplayed song of the 90’s, every new beginning’s comes from some other beginning’s end. So, I bought myself some new running shoes. (Even though I needed them like I need another Energy Bra. I don’t.)

It’s disappointing to have to take a step back. I was setting new PRs on lifts and my pull-ups & T2B had been feeling the best ever, but it’s not worth pushing it now if I want to keep progressing in the long run. 2 steps forward, 1 step back… still result in being ahead of where you started.

So, I’ll focus on what doc said. Flat palms. Wall balls. I can burpee. I can box jump and lunge, I can RUN. It’s time to get reacquainted with the 4.5 mile course near my house that I once hit 5-6x a week before CrossFit.

We’re all invincible until we’re not. What happened to me is SMALL PEANUTS compared to injuries we’ve all seen in our favorite Games athletes, or athletes at your own box. It’s how you handle things when something unexpected comes your way. Time to take a page from the book of Julie Foucher.

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