As a man who gains a lot of his day-to-day self worth by his ability to stay healthy and exercise, being injured leaves me totally out of sorts. I’ve documented before how I went from out of shape bum to Ironman and then to a lifting/crossfitting/outlawing fan. I’m certainly no stranger to injury. Over the years in any number of sports, I’ve suffered hyperextended elbows, sprained ankles, IT band issues, sore Achilles tight hamstrings, tender ribs, spondylosis (back issue), and so on and so on. Some have been short-term minor and easily overcome, some are on-going and niggling, some are more permanent and seriously annoying and simply need to find ways to work through them and deal with them.
My back (spondy) issues require regular lacrosse ball rolling and chiro adjustments when heavy squats and deadlifts twist things out of whack. This may be the most annoying since it will always be there, but I deal. Since I’ve been cranking workouts at a minimum 3-4 days a week and maximum 7 days a week over the last 10 years, I take my fitness pretty seriously. When my body breaks down to the point where I can’t exercise, I am not exactly sure what to do. I’ll be frank that it’s sort of an addiction at this point. But one that leaves me stronger and holding off getting old a little at a time.
Somehow I busted up my hand pretty well over the weekend. A minor tenderness beneath one of my flexor tendons in my hand, grew into major swelling and discomfort after weightlifting. I can’t do any of my favorite barbell movements at all, and really, unless I’m doing one arm dumbell stuff, the only standard exercise I can still do is the back squat. I can also run. That’s about it…like not getting enough sex, I get a little grumpy in this condition. I can only imagine what an ass I would be if I really injured myself, like broke a leg or arm or something.
Truth be told, this isn’t that bad. I could actually use a deload week as I have a few other niggling injuries and joint tendernous that just won’t go away. I’m hoping some rest will help. Like Lift Big, Eat Big says, the deload week is a super important piece of the puzzle for getting stronger. The last one I did followed programming in the last week in January. At that point, I didn’t feel like I needed it, but this time, though unintentional, a week of lower volume, lower intensity I think will do me well to let injuries and body heal. Got to look at the bright side and not dwell on being hurt. But then remember to get back at it after healed and not let slacking be a problem.