An “achilles heel” is a weakness, in spite of overall strength. This weakness makes us vulnerable and can lead to our downfall. This metaphor is my reality right now as I go in to repair my weakness on Monday. I will surgically get my achilles tendon reattached to its rightful place on my heel, rather than halfway up my calf where it is currently residing. However, this injury and the last week has symbolized so much more for me. It’s about having the strength to address our weaknesses instead of ignoring them.
My achilles didn’t rupture doing anything fancy. I was warming up, trying to beat Joey. I got aggressive in the warm up without properly warming up, ironically enough. I have been ignoring my age for a while, never really stretching or mobilizing prior to working out. Mobility work is boring. I didn’t have the drive or desire to do it. Just jump on in has been my philosophy. Weakness.
Over the summer, I got lax at the box in both a workout sense and an ownership sense. It’s easy to cater to a business for the first year. Then it gets to be work. I love my work at the gym but took shortcuts this summer without realizing it. Weakness. And for this weakness I apologize to you, the loyal athletes. Bring a Friend Day, Barbell Club, Yoga, energy and excitement, solid workouts and a strong community…..these are my promises to you. No more weakness.
I’m looking forward to having the opportunity to scale around injury. I’ve had a number of people ask me how long I’m going to be “out” for. 2 days. That’s it. Otherwise, it’s game on. I encourage ALL of you to show up when injured. Allow us as coaches to scale around the injury. Do the work, even if it’s repetitive and boring. Now I need to put my money where my mouth is. Have the strength to show up when it’s NOT fun. I have an arsenal of one legged WODs for myself and will follow in the footsteps of Alissa, Tina, Dan, and Jeff with my boot and bandaged up ankle, showing up and kicking ass. No more weakness, mental or physical.
Struggling in a relationship? Address it. Hate your job? Address is. Hate handstands? I’ll let you know how that goes. Find your weaknesses. Don’t ignore them. Work them until they are strengths. Not only at the gym but in life.
Thanks for sticking with me through mine.
Coach Staci G