I heard the pop. The sound that makes everything move more slowly. I heard that sound and knew before I hit the ground that everything was going to change.
On Wednesday, September 7, 2016, my athletic life changed quickly. I was playing a soccer game with my law school soccer team when an innocent play for a header turned into a trip to the emergency room that night and 8 months of recovery since. That pop was my patella dislocating and relocating due to the impact of my fall
That pop was my patella dislocating and relocating due to the impact of my fall. It caused a Medial Patellofemoral Ligament (MPFL) tear and pieces of cartilage to break off. I got surgery on Halloween and was in physical therapy since before the surgery occurred. I cannot speak highly enough of the team that has helped me recover in the last 8 months, but now the hard work begins.
Despite physical therapy and all the work I have done so far, I am still not as strong as I was on September 6, 2016, but I am well on my way to be not only as strong but stronger than I was before my injury. The assurance that I will grow to be stronger than before my injury has allowed me to once again look forward to my next athletic challenge.
THE NEXT CHALLENGE
Although this is a new challenge it is one that is familiar to me. Before my injury, I was working to finish Ironman Louisville that was less than a month after my infamous soccer match. My new challenge seeks to update and complete this unfinished goal.
I plan on competing in Ironman Texas next April! Ironman has not announced the exact date yet for the 2018 race but, assuming it is on the same weekend as it was this year, I am just 48 weeks away from finally becoming an Ironman!
I am nervous to train through the winter for a race but this race will symbolize more than just triumphing over my injury. Just a few weeks after this race I will graduate law school, signifying a new chapter in my life. I see this event as culminating not only a long term athletic goal but also an educational goal that I have worked so hard to accomplish.
Before that race, I have a million steps that I will need to take but they will all be taken with one goal in mind…to become an Ironman! More coming later!