Lexus | Cycling Canada: Overcoming Injuries

Lexus | Cycling Canada: Overcoming Injuries


In January I was training in New Zealand with the National Team, our track team to get ready for the world cup in New Zealand. I had a crash in the training session and ended up breaking all the bones around my left eye, my frontal sinus, my collarbone and tore ligaments in my right film. What first goes through my mind is how to I overcome this, just get back to my healthy self. Now we’re about 10 months since the crash and physically I feel strong and back to where I was or stronger but the biggest challenge for me over the last 10 months has been emotionally. I take it day by day. It’s been helping me to be able to talk about it as opposed to putting it inside and just never speaking about it. I think it would take quite a bit longer to get over it. I was on the ski cross team for six or so years and I just had this crazy goal and idea that I wanted to become a summer Olympian. It just wouldn’t go away so I got on a bike and I started training and I worked my way up. I made the Olympic team for Rio and within a month I was back on my skis. Ski cross is a sport of very fine lines and mistakes and I just had a bad mistake. Cycling was the light at the end of the tunnel for me. I think one of the key support personnel for any athlete are their teammates. It’s a team environment, we rely on each other so much o they often provide the motivation and the courage that the therapist can’t. This bond that they form through their riding and through their training, it carries over into injury, and recovery and rehab and they support each other, help each other through the dark times and celebrate the success when the injury is overcome.