I was able to speak to at the National Junior Disability Championships ceremony (NJDC) and crushed two of my personal bests all within a couple of days!
The NJDC is a national competition for youth with physical disabilities and it was held in Ames, Iowa this year. It was very special to receive a standing ovation and to talk to the athletes, families, and coaches after the ceremony. It was a great feeling to get such positive feedback.
So I was on vacation for a week, spoke at the NJDC, and went to my sister’s softball game from June 27th-July 7th… Therefore, on the 8th I was nervous about how my full day of therapy (about 6 hours) would go. Well it went unbelievably well! Before I took my first step I was thinking in my head about the last time I walked in my walker over a week ago which went terrible. I told Tanner “well here we go” and took my first step. My knee about connected with my chest I raised it up so high, my feet felt incredibly light. Before I knew it I walked 100 meters in 16:11, shattering my previous best by over two minutes! I knew I had to keep going so we turned the walker around and headed back down the 100m straight away. I told Tanner we are getting 200m which we did, beating my previous best by 50m!! It turned out all I needed was a little rest and change in routine and I came back stronger than ever! July 9th and 10th I continued to do great in therapy as I reached 170m and walked in less than 18 min for a 100m stretch!
Sometimes one just needs to rest, change up their routine, and regather themselves before continuing on full steam ahead. Although I do not like lightening up my workout routine, sometimes changing things up helps you continue to push forward towards your goals. After coming off a frustrating week of therapy to a relaxing week with a change in routine, then to my best week of therapy to date; I realized the importance of my body resting to perform at the level I want it to perform at. I should have listened to my body when I was struggling, lesson learned!
Lesson I learned; don’t let plateaus or setbacks deter you. You can’t be afraid in life to change things up once in a while to battle through setbacks and continue towards your goals. Don’t be afraid to mix things up once in a while to move forward.
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