This just goes to show that what we perceive as our limits are just that – perceptions. Thanks, Tricia for believing in the process and sharing your story!
Here I am a free-spirited artist, athletic woman, and a risk taker. In a month's notice, at the age of 23 in 2002, I decided to move to Colorado. To make a long story short, 6 days into my move, I was in a severe car accident and shattered 3 knuckles in my right hand, my radius in my right arm, and damaged my back. Four surgeries (3 on my hand), pins, a titanium plate, screws, and the looming possibility I'd need back surgery became my reality.
Fast forward to 2013. After putting on weight from over a decade of chronic back pain as well as a twin pregnancy, I was at my lowest physically. The more my back hurt the less I wanted to do. The less I did the more my back hurt. Sharon, being my sister and a coach, strongly encouraged me to try CrossFit, but I was discouraged because I have a slightly deformed grip on my right hand. I can't make a full fist. How can I hang from a bar or put any weight over my head? I wasn't convinced I could do it, but agreed to try because I knew it was time to do something. I've since accomplished a lot, but the one thing I couldn't seem to get past was my accident.
CrossFit was so tough. I couldn't hang from a bar for three seconds. I would cry after some workouts out of a combination of exhaustion, frustration, and mental fatigue. While working out, I was fighting the demons from my accident. I was using every ounce of strength to let them know that they hadn't won. I was taking charge.
Fast forward to 2015. My back pain is a thing of the past! I can dead hang from a bar for 30 seconds. My recent clean was 140. My deadlift was 270. I have enough confidence in my grip to get 125 lbs over my head! My grip still limits me from time to time, though. Burpees are especially tough because I have to put my weight on my right knuckes in an awkward way to get up—my hand just won't flatten. Also, I may not ever be able to do a pull up because of connected scar tissue, etc, but I am ok with that. I'm ok with that because there are other areas that I excel at that I never thought were possible. I am so excited to see what else I can do. The athlete in me has shown her face again and she isn't going anywhere.