Injury: Part Two, by Jonathan Hogue
After several months of light climbing and training geared for recovery versus gains, I’m happy to announce improvement in my shoulders. Though the road is long, I’m finally seeing glimpses of the former climber I was before the season reeked havoc on my physical well-being. I listened to doctors’ and friends’, didn’t attempt anything at my limit, dialed back training efforts, and increased awareness of my body via practices such as yoga, meditation/prayer, hang-boarding, and plenty of rest in-between sessions. It was difficult for someone like me to tone it down, but the results are absolutely brimming with positivism!
I would like to thank all of you who took part in telling me to, quote, “Get off the wall,” when I tried climbing something I shouldn’t have. And for supporting me through the recovery process. The local climbing community is a truly spectacular one, and the few friends and acquaintances I’ve made here played a valuable role in recovery; so thank you!
It isn’t always easy for someone to slow down training and climbing efforts. I wouldn’t say I’m “addicted” to climbing and training, but rather, addicted to personal growth. As a man constantly trying to evolve for the better, isn’t that the meaning of life; trying to better oneself and pinpointing our weaknesses to become better humans before we finally take the big dirt-bath?
My idealism for perpetual emotional and physical growth are what motivate me as an athlete, and person in general. I think most climbers feel that way. Because climbing and training activities are so paramount in becoming a better person, when I’m not achieving growth, life feels stagnant. Again, I wouldn’t say I’m addicted per se, but I feel lost without an outlet for personal growth.
We call it “moving meditation” for a reason.
It’s nice being back to somewhat full-time climbing. With hope I can continue to grow on varying levels via the activities that make me up as a person. I still have a long way to go but there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I appreciate all of you who have been an inspiration during this time.
Live free and climb; that’s what we always say!
So it goes.