A couple of months ago, I found out about adult gymnastics classes at 5280 gymnastics center. I was so happy because I can’t tell you how long I’ve been wishing there was an adult class nearby. There wasn’t in Kennewick and not a specific class in Vancouver, just open gym, but not a structured class to go to. So yes my excitement was there….
Then after my first class, I was hooked! Did a ton of drills and skills and met some awesome people! I was starting to play around with Eileen Wells, A PRO fitness competitor, and we would work on fitness skills.. Just by the month or more I was going, my skill level and gymnastics were increasing and so I planned to make a comeback in Fitness in August.
I was doing gymnastics 2x week and Shoulders 2x week along with all my other muscle groups. Feeling strong, working my shoulders extra hard to do some harder handstand gymnastics skills, I went to my next class and did a press to handstand drill and that was ITTTT. I lifted my arm up and this pain in the front delts was crazy. My shoulders were done, and it seemed like I was on a roll and at a high peak when it suddenly reversed. It was emotionally hard because I knew this feeling wasn’t good, and the first thing in my head was “uh oh Lord please heal me I really would like to compete Fitness in August”
At the point I hurt it, I’d be 15 weeks out, enough time to hire a choreographer, learn the routine, and polish and compete it in August. I still had hope, for God to heal it but also to see what the doctors say. Well…straight to the results, after my appointment, they said I tore my rotator cuff. Yes I had in the past, so yes it’d be more likely to happen again but man not so good timing. In the past I laid off of it for at least 6 weeks and did rehab exercises and came back strong, strengthening the weak points and stability muscles in the shoulder. So this time I took the same route, stopped all chest/shoulder exercises and replaced them with rehab physical therapy exercises, and so 4 weeks later (last week) I felt GREAT, like almost as if I didn’t injur it, my pullups were doing good also. I figured if I can do 10 sets of pullups, I can do a straddle(no feet) ropeclimb. I was about 3/4 up and yanked myself up there, feeling a tear and extreme pain. I came down, icing it, and it felt worse than the first time I injured. I can’t lift it, no rotation or range of motion at all right now. I have an appointment tomorrow to get a referral to get a MRI. I don’t want to keep repeating this rehab/injury cycle and would like to know what is going on in my shoulder. I’ll keep you guys updated with that.
I know God is part of this. He knows with my competitive side, I’d still go for it, and this I believe happened to make confirmation and say No to competing fitness right now and to put my money and time into something else this year.
“If you so choose, even the unexpected setbacks can bring new and positive possibilities. If you so choose, you can find value and fulfillment in every circumstance.”-Ralph Marston
“Realize that illness and other temporal setbacks often come to us from the hand of God our Lord, and are sent to help us know ourselves better, to free ourselves of the love of created things, and to reflect on the brevity of this life and, thus, to prepare ourselves for the life which is without end.”-Saint Ignatius