The toughest moments were getting out to the park and seeing a beautiful sunny day, but unable to hit.
That immobilization of the mind feels many times more painful and constricting than the physical pain of the injury. Every competitor wants to get back ASAP. But I knew I had to take it a step at a time.
Recovery and HealingI trained extra hard on my conditioning and stamina using the "Prepping Like a Pro" training program I had practiced with Yann and Dan during the previous winter.
As a child, I remember the story of an US Olympic gymnast many years ago had severely injured his legs in a training accident to a point where he was bed-ridden and in a wheelchair for a good long time, wondering if he would ever compete again. Desperate to be ready again in the next 4 years, he instead did the most intense upper body training he could do during the time he was incapacitated from the waist down. Able to hold the Iron Cross move on the rings - he turned his weakness into an asset.
Focusing on what you can change, and crushing it - that is what champions do. Disabilities are only limiting / crippling if you allow them to be, but mostly if it is allowed to effect yourself.