Roving Bear

I have been nursing an injury since July. It happened at my Gymnastic Certification in Copenhagen. It was a little thing, no huge fall or crazy maneuvers. But it’s the those little tweaks, that much of time, will be the thing that fucks you up. So I hurt my shoulder, I took a rest from working out, it didn’t get better. I started working out again, it didn’t get better, but for a time it seemed to stay the same mild pain. But after the months when on, it was an animal movement that re-flared the pain and that is when I decided to get it checked out. I am of the school that I have to have a broken bone or almost dead before I go to a doctor. But I am trying to grow up. I started CrossFit because I want to be a fit old person. I want to NOT have a walker, or trouble getting down the street, or getting out bed or going to the bathroom. I want to have muscles, stamina, endurance. So anyway now here I am with this pain in my shoulder, hindering my workouts and I need to take of it. I get an ultrasound and find there is a torn tendon. Okay so now what….I could leave it alone, and hope it heals in its own, I can get Prolo shots or I can have PRP (plasma injection therapy)  But I am told that if I do nothing and my shoulder does tear, then I will need surgery, no question.

So I decide on the plasma shots. To say that this was painful, is a huge understatement. It is no secret I regularly do painful thing (CrossFit included) for fun, I have a substantially high pain tolerance, it seemed to be of zero help in this situation. Then to add insult to injury the healing process was no quick nor enjoyable walk in the park. It has been weeks since the treatment and I am still not to a full range of motion in my right arm. I still cannot do push ups, pull ups or burpees. I had to drop out of the BoxtoberFest competition. It is frustrating, depressing and I am kind of bugging out.

I am in the process of healing. It is not yet complete. Part of that healing is working on my mobility every day and trying to keep my spirits and patience levels up. I am trying to follow the advice I would give any other athlete. It isn’t easy. I have to suck it up. Do I want to do half ass workouts now and maybe forever because I am not working properly?  I know that if I am going to be able to continue to CrossFit, and CrossFit hard, then I have to rest right now. I have to give myself the space and time to recover.

So that’s where I am at. This is a little piece of my journey to recovery. I hope it can encourage others to keep up with mobility, to rest when rest is needed, to heal when you need to heal. xox Crow

Roving Bear 16/10
5 rds for time
4 walking lunges
7squat cleans
4walking lunges
7 front squats
4 walking lunges
7 push press
4 walking lunges
7 jerks

Crow, are you up for a run in the hills? If your shoulder isn’t irritated by the motion of running, come join me for a fun XFit run up Atalaya, I think you will like it.

Comment by Kim Allen — October 18, 2011 @ 1:35 am

Kim, I would love that! When?

Comment by CrossFit Santa Fe — October 18, 2011 @ 5:49 am

Crow, Thursday >4:30p would work, if I don’t leave town this weekend, Fri, Sat, Sun any time. Do you want to see if anyone else wants to join us?
Text or call me in case I don’t check this message board.
Looking forward to it,
(970) 389-3532

Comment by Kim Allen — October 19, 2011 @ 12:55 am

It is so frustrating to wait, to wait for the lessons about rest, to wait to workout, to wait for the weight to be what you want it to be, I am here for you too Crow.
May we both rest well, mobility and good food.

Love u

Comment by Mona Malec — October 20, 2011 @ 3:47 pm

Mobility WOD