There are a lot of injuries going around these days. Both in the health-and-fitness blogosphere and in my non-Internet life, the past week has brought news of several friends being benched, from a runner-friend with a torn calf muscle to a fellow ski-patroller who has to skip this weekend’s women’s ski-and-toboggan clinic to recover from a car accident.
So when I read a story yesterday about Norwegian ski-racer Aksel Svindal in the March issue of Outside magazine, I naturally felt a connection to this quote, which describes Svindal’s convalescence from a horrific injury at the Birds of Prey race in 2007 in Beaver Creek a few years back:
“I knew I wasn’t going to ski for a while,” Svindal told Outside. “But I was like, ‘I don’t care how long it takes. That’s irrelevant. As long as I get back, 100 percent.’”
The quote reminded me of the single-minded, patient focus we athletes have the ability to channel, both on race day and in times of trouble off the course. Svindal went on to win the same race in 2008. At last year’s Birds of Prey race, Svindal termed that 2007 crash “ancient history.” Here’s wishing all of my injured friends Svindal’s patience and grace.
Check out my post from last year for more motivational quotes for injured athletes.