It’s funny how something I wrote in my journal three years ago can re-appear and be so very relevant. Here is an example, “With every sacrifice, with every commitment and with each passing day I’ve built myself up for this present moment.
Learn from the past, live in the present and manifest your future!” This was an entry from March, 2016 before winning the Ultimate Waterman. The image above expresses how i felt at that moment.
Ironically, and fortunately, the present moment and its situation of some challenging injuries hands me the same challenge to, "Learn from the past, live in the present and manifest my future!"
In sharing my story of the past just a few weeks since my injury at the Aloha Classic Windsurfing World Championships my hope is that each of you will find something valuable to your own situation or challenge.
First of all, a lot of you have asked what happened when I was charging out for that "one more wave” at the Aloha Classic.
Unfortunately, I sustained a knee injury during Heat 27, which was one of the only heats to be completed that day because of waves up to 20 feet tall and winds that were very light. Despite that, I still advanced in second place, behind Julian Salmonn.
Any of you who compete in any sport can feel how frustrating and disappointing that injury was. Then, once I had a full assessment of all the parts of my knee that were damaged including my MCL, ACL, LCL, the tibula and fibula joint, and quad tendon, I knew there was a lot of work to do – inner work and outer work, both mentally and physically.
Looking ahead from that day and knowing that I would be missing the World Cup event in Barbados took a toll on me. Lying around nearly immobile for several weeks was also a daunting task. If you know me, you know I am a man of action – so I took action with my thinking and perspective on the situation.
There are certain mantras I live by. Most were an inspiration for the chapters in my book, BENEATH THE SURFACE. As I follow the journey of healing that my body, especially my knees and legs need, certain ones are most relevant.
DIG DEEP - INNOVATE AND INSPIRE - BELIEVE AND CREATE - EVERY STEP MATTERS
This down time became time to reflect and look within. Taking it easy has always been a challenge for me. During the first week off the water being mostly inactive, I started to feel the need for the ocean’s embrace and mana. Ahead of me was at least another 2 weeks or so committed to rest and rehab.Time to DIG DEEP and find the motivation to BELIEVE AND CREATE my inner game and focus that will serve me best going forward.
A Wake-Up Call: Patience – and learning about the biomechanics around the injury. Each injury is different for each person. For me, I had not taken the time to really be conscious of how important preventative care was. I always trained and thought I trained smart – but there is so much to know about how both the big and the little muscles work together. Talk about teamwork!
For me, since some of my injuries were old and I hadn’t even been aware of them, I learned that my bigger muscles had been compensating for damages tendons and the smaller (injured) muscles. As I learned, the truths became so obvious. As in sports technique, the muscles need to work in sequence to do and be their best for efficiency and results.