Hey guys! Sorry for the few days off the gram- I felt like I needed a break from the IG world and had to focus on some stuff in real life. National Championships for fencing are this weekend and I wanted to talk about my injury and what my journey has been like. So about a year ago when I was training at an academy in Paris, I got injured from overtraining. My coach was/is the best coach in the world, but sometimes he pushes his athletes too hard to the point of injury. The week I got injured 4 other athletes also got injured. I wouldn’t change anything about my experience because I learned more last year than I ever had up to that point. However, now I am 9 months post surgery and my hand is weaker than it was before surgery. I did Occupational Therapy, got all the toys, and consistently did my exercises, but my hand is still weak. Bouncing from doctor to doctor was not my idea of fun and it led me to be frustrated at myself that my hand couldn’t do what it used it. In January, I went back to Paris to train with the same coach with a mindset that I was going to listen to my hand and just do what I could. While training, my hand would swell up to the point where the weapon would literally fall out of my hand. I couldn’t hold on to it. That moment was so frustrating because my brain wanted to do one thing and my body physically couldn’t do it. Injuries suck and having to watch all my friends go to competitions that I can’t take part in has been hard. But I think this challenge has made me stronger and more resilient because it has forced me to adapt and be flexible when it comes to my workouts. I can’t do everything I used to be able to do. Drop downs or putting excessive force on my wrist are a no go, but instead I train legs or cardio. I’ve definitely learned a lot about which studios are good about modifying and which ones aren’t. I’m going to be putting together a blog post about this so let me know if there is anything specific you’d like me to cover on the subject!