When I had just started my first year of college, I suffered the worst injury of my athletic career. Luckily it was not a very serious injury. However, I missed 13 weeks of high jump training. When I looked at this compared to the amount of time I could have been out for if I had sustained an ACL injury or grade 3 hamstring tear, for example, I counted myself lucky – after I had gotten over the devastation of not being able to train properly. None the less, I had never been unable to train for this length of time before and at the time. I was truly devastated especially because I had just started in a great athletics college and I was training with a brand new training group with people similar to myself. So I did sit under the injury and complain and feel sorry for myself for a few days. Then I decided I needed to get over it and suck it up, this injury wasn’t going anywhere any time soon. I decided I would try to find something that did not aggravate my injury and spend time working on that/those things. I discovered that running most definitely was out of the picture as that really hurt. Next I tried weights training in the gym and realized they didn’t hurt at all. I began to look at this injury as a great opportunity to get stronger in the gym (which was now only 50m from my brand new accommodation). As soon as I changed my mind set about the injury I was excited again with my new training facilities and I was determined to get stronger than I had ever been before.
I saw a quote before that read “Never give up on something that you can’t go a day without thinking about.” I found it very powerful, I thought about this a lot when I was injured and it gave me a kick start again when I needed it.