I’ve been in Colorado Springs now for a little bit over a month! I was getting used to my new surroundings, taking online assessments for grad school, my computer died, and then I traveled home and to see friends for the holidays. Busy times, but all along, kneehab has gone really well.
1. I now know how tough I can be. I’ve always had major confidence in my ability to put everything into a throw or a workout, but competing under adversity is a different story. I’ve shown myself glimpses of this in the past (slight 2010 back pain), but this was another level for me. If something isn’t quite on my side in the future, I know I’ll be ready with tenacity.
2. Keeping my diagnosis to myself gave me strength. Depending only on myself and a few people close to me in preparation for London taught me the power of a strong support system, not to mention strength of will. Only I could decide to move forward positively.
3. Throwing injured gives me perspective. This sounds silly, but I recently realized that the next time I throw a javelin, I’ll have an ACL! My reality for a month was throwing without one, and throwing without one at high intensity was one of the scariest things I’ve ever done. I’m confident that no matter how nervous I am trying to throw again, it’ll be better than the last time I did it, and I’m so excited about that. Also, I’m very happy that my most recent memory of throwing isn’t my last attempt at the Trials. Tearing my ACL as my freshest throwing memory seems to me like it’d set me up for failure. I moved forward even before I could fully move forward.
4. Good preparation for surgery. They say that the rehab you do before surgery makes rehab after surgery a lot easier. I haven’t had any operations before now, so I can’t speak to that, but my people tell me I’m doing great! The time I spent working with Chris before London and afterward on my own got me as ready as I possibly could have been to hit the ground running after going under the knife.
5. I became a two-time Olympian. The London Olympics were fabulous. Being able to converse with local people on trains and in the city about how exciting the whole thing was was so much fun, and so different from Beijing. The entire experience was awesome, and I did better than I did the first time around. Plus, I got to watch a fellow Boilermakerwin gold!!
6. Motivation for the future. I was in awesome shape at the Trials. I was definitely running out of chances to release a big throw when I got injured, but I believe that Ty had me in excellent condition for the summer’s most important meets. The fact that I still managed to be semi-competitive with my injury gets me so excited for the future, because if I can beat some people at the Olympics significantly injured, what can I do healthy? Wait and see.