A few weeks ago, at a Fast and Female event during the Canmore mountain bike nationals, I got to listen to Olympic bronze medallist Catharine Pendrel talk about her mountain biking career. (I also got to see her Olympic medal!).
One of the things that stood out to me was when she talked about the injuries she had dealt with during her career. She talked about how injuries are frustrating, because they often prevent you from doing the training you would like to do. She said that training is rarely perfect while you are injured, but that you need to accept that things won’t go as planned, and keep working through it.
That stuck with me, because training this summer has by no means been perfect. My foot has healed really well from surgery in April, but I’ve been dealing with some other foot issues that have come up in the meantime (likely caused just from spending so much time in crutches/a walking boot). As a result, I haven’t been able to put in either the amount or the types of training I would have liked to so far this summer.
As your typical perfectionist athlete, I feel frustrated when I know that I’m not doing the kind of training I would do in an injury-free scenario. Some days, it’s really easy to feel motivated and push myself, but some days it’s hard to get out the door and train. I guess that’s all part of the process though, because improvement rarely happens without challenges along the way. Fortunately, I’m surrounded by a great group of people who help push me to be a better athlete and to work hard even when things aren’t perfect.
Despite dealing with an injury, the summer has been a lot of fun so far. I’ve been getting into mountain biking this summer, and although I’m by no means a great mountain biker (still rocking the flat pedals…), I’ve been loving how many great trails and places there are to bike around the Bow Valley!
I’ve also been continuing with Pilates this summer (I started last year), and it’s starting to pay off! Pilates is one of those things I never thought I would have fun doing, but it’s been helping a lot with my body alignment, which will hopefully translate to more efficient skiing come winter.
Up next is a potential Haig camp at the end of August, and then intensity will start to ramp up as the racing season approaches!
Until next time,