• Scott

    Hope you feel better soon. All I can offer is my own experience. After being unable to ride for weeks, and unable to ride far for months due to a crash, I think I finally learned what it was that I needed to. That is the future, and the goals I placed in it, were not what needed my focus. Now was what needed my focus. Best of luck.

    May 24, 2011
  • Hang-in there Laura and trust what your body is telling you. 6 years ago I suffered a stress fracture in my ankle and was laid up for quite a while before I could return to running. I felt like a whimp and wondered how much of the pain was emotional. I used the time to cross train and put running in to perspective. You’ve got an exciting trip ahead of you and you’ll set off any day now and I can’t wait to follow your adventure. If you’ll be patient, I will too.

    May 24, 2011
  • I’m a long distance hiker, and beat the hell out of my body on a thru hike 2 years ago. I learned that you always need to listen to your body, it knows what’s best. It’s hard now to see the big picture, but when you’re back on your bike pedaling away with a huge grin on your face, you’ll then realize the lesson of your injury. It’s all small potatoes, you’ll see that in time. Best of luck through the healing process, us anxious readers are waiting for the epic adventure to begin!

    May 25, 2011
  • gl.

    It was good to meet you, Laura! I know waiting is hard; I feel like I wait all year to get to Portland summer, and if something put it on hold I’d go mad. If it was my own body that was keeping me from biking it would be even worse!

    It’s hard to feel helpless, especially after waiting so long to get going — and the pressure/expectations you might perceive of your audience. Does it help to think of how you’ll tell this story next year, in 5 years, 10 years?

    May 25, 2011
  • Are you doing any exercises to strengthen the muscles and tendons? to keep them limber while they heal?
    I would be doing some if I were you.

    May 25, 2011
  • Tenzin

    I stumble upon your blog few weeks ago.Love the poster of Aung San Suu Kyi. Perfect way to find inspiration on these down times. Wish you the best.

    May 31, 2011
  • Mike

    Hey Laura, sorry about the ankle. in college i sprained the HELL out of my ankle right before a ski trip. 1 week in the rigid ski boot with constant exercise and probably the cold also and my ankle was perfect! maybe you can replicate this somehow. hope this helps.

    June 03, 2011

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