There’s no denying being an injured athlete sucks.
What does it take to keep your head above water when you feel like you’re drowning in your injury?
2 hip surgeries later, countless hours of PT, isolation, tears, and ultimately strength. I’m here to share my story. Find the link in my bio and give it a listen. Thanks @sonyalooney1 for having me.
What I’ve learned from injury:
🔹it doesn’t last forever.
🔹don’t focus on what you can’t do. Focus on what you can.
🔹love yourself for being YOU and not the athlete you.
🔹surround yourself with supportive teammates, friends, family, and sponsors.
🔹be focused on your recovery, but know sometimes it’s not completely linear. Isolation doesn’t mean you’re focused. 🔹you are NOT your injury.
My blog has a lot more insight on my journey of up and down struggles. You aren’t alone, we all go through it!
#youarestrong #courtenaysroadtorecovery #iamapresentwarrior #injuryrecovery #dontforgettosmile
Well...swimming in the Caribbean Sea was luxurious, warm, and insanely beautiful, but it’s time to get back to work on the bike ➡️. For the first time since 2016 I get to TRAIN during the off season instead of recover from hip surgery💪🏼 and oh boy is it going to be good. Lots of fun stuff planned for this Spring!! #neverstopexploring #offseason #belize #caribbeansea #centralamerica #ridebikeshavefun 📸 #2 @bruce_buckley
Words can’t describe how sad I am to leave this amazing country. From inland jungle tours, to swimming in crystal clear waters with nurse sharks, sting rays, spotted eagle rays, turtles, and all the fish you can imagine.
Belize, you stole my ❤️. We’ll be back, but for now we start the 2 day journey home.
#icantbelizeit #centralamerica #caribbean #raggamuffintours #belize #neverstopexploring #snorkeling #goprophotography #travel #bestvacation #maybeishouldquitmylifeandtravel
The world is I large, yet small. 🐟🏝The Caribbean Sea is the most beautiful water I have ever swam in.
I live a lucky, privileged life 🙏🏻 #CentralAmerica #belize #caribbean #icantbelizeit #2019kicksass #raggamuffintours #southwatercaye #travel #thisluckylife
Hello Xunantunich, you are mighty and we are small.
The Mayan ruins are more spectacular in person. Amazing experience visiting this ancient city.
It has been estimated that 1-2 MILLION Mayans once occupied Belize. Current population? Somewhere in the 300,000. #themoreyouknow #wefinallyheadtothebeachtoday #xunantunich #belize #dreamvacation #elcastillo
3️⃣6️⃣5️⃣ and 7️⃣2️⃣9️⃣ days have gone by since hip #2 and hip #1.
Waking up from surgery goes down as the craziest experience in my life so far. You remember being scared out of your mind (a little loopy), then you wake up in pain, nauseas, people hovering over you, and no recollection of the last 3 hours.
Hip surgery is hard, but I’ve said that like 900 times. @bigairchris spent weeks making and delivering me 3 meals a day in bed. From my first time on the spin bike post op, to those refreshing spins outside. From learning how to walk with crutches, to learning how to walk without crutches. To putting in the work to being prepared for the CX season with countless hours of PT, gaining strength (with baby lunges) and mobility back! To being emotionally shocked at that first race back in 2017, to being emotionally torn apart with that first race back in 2018.
📍To those that have been by my side through all of it. To the sponsors who stuck with me through thick and thin and cheered me on as I worked through everything this last fall.
T H A N K Y O U!!! Watch out 2019, I’m coming for you.
#hiparthroscopy #thebestisyettocome #happyracersgofaster
📷 1,10 @thepenultimatestage
📸 9 @cottonsox_photo
2️⃣7️⃣ at Hoogerheide, which concludes my European racing trip. 5 weeks, 5 races, 4 countries.
Thank you @jer_alix for being my side kick the entire time, this trip wouldn’t have been as smooth sailings without your hard work!! My results weren’t radically amazing, but I accomplished what I came to accomplish, which as cliche as it sounds, was to learn.
Having 2 hip surgeries the last 2 years I knew I wasn’t going to be making any ground breaking fitness gains in the off season, so each season has been about growth within my mental mindset and racing.
It’s officially my off season, the wheels are hung (literally I’m already unpacked), chocolate has been consumed, and beach🏝 time in Belize awaits!
#pivotmaxxiscx #pivotvault #maxxistires #onlystans #dnacycling
@pivot_cyclesusa @maxxisbike @stansnotubes @dnacycling @eastoncycling @sdgcomponents @girocycling @wd40bike
If there’s one thing that’s constant in conversation when telling people where I live, it’s about how amazing it is. There’s really no denying how much I love where I live, and being anxiously homesick has me loving it even more.
Since I have no planned surgeries for this year, I’ll have lots more time on my hands. With this extra time, I made my 2019 goal to be more involved in my community I 💕 so much. Follow my space throughout the year as I highlight what it is I love about my little corner in Washington.
But first, one last race this season!
#bellinghamexperience #lovewhereyoulive #happyracersgofaster #bellinghamwashington #beautifulpnw