Amber Neben, Olympian, World Champion, my teammate for the USA National Team at the Tour of NZL and Giro Donne gave me some wise words recently.
She said to focus on what I CAN do, instead of focusing on what I cannot do.
Amber is incredible. She is an inspiration, a role model, and a true professional. Her career has been riddled with setbacks and injuries, and she has always risen from them stronger and more positive than ever. I have so much to learn from her.
So, what exactly can I do with a fractured pelvis? Not much is the answer. Not much at all. However, each day, this list keeps increasing. I keep getting to do more and more!
1. I can WALK.
Yes, I woke up Monday morning and instead of reaching for my new best friends, my extra set of legs, my crutches, I walked to the bathroom. Incredible. Just woke up and walked. I felt victorious! There was suddenly a whole new world open to me! I was mobile for the first time in 1.5 weeks.
2. I can SWIM.
I thought to myself, if I can walk, then why can’t I swim? I jumped in the pool and swam. Granted, it is with a pull buoy and gets incredibly monotonous, but at least I am moving. Or so I tell myself. These 1hr swims only remind me how much I hate swimming, and why I don’t want to be a triathlete! I hate swimming! I have spent a year trying to get my shoulders to appear smaller, and with each stroke I felt my upperbody muscles growing. I started counting laps, counting minutes, counting backwards, writing my blog in my head, thinking about riding, thinking about a root canal…until it was 45 minutes. Yeah. A swim for an hour seems excessive. 45 minutes will do.
3. I can RECUMBENT BIKE.
I went to the gym to investigate what I can do. I can do the cycling motion, but I am not quite ready to sit on my saddle. (I tried that, and was met with a painful reminder that my pelvis, is in fact, fractured, and it is part of my “sit bones”. How convenient) I attempted the recumbent bike. I even tried the one with hand cycles too. Oh yeah. I was looking pretty sweet in the gym. It is amazing what you are desperate to do when you can’t do much. I didn’t break a sweat, but I got to move. I think recumbent bikes are going to make a comeback.
4. I can BLOG.
But who really cares about the girl that used to bike race and be pretty good? I can’t do much. Ha.
Anyway, I am trying to focus on the positives, but I am ready to get my heart rate up and get back on the bike. I am getting antsy and ready to go, but I still have time to let this body heal. I have new xrays on Tuesday to see the development.
Focus on what you CAN do, not what you cannot do. Thanks, Amber. Always the positive.