Learning how to climb with one foot is kind of like learning to climb for the first time.
The worst part about being injured is not the pain, but the mental game. I have been at times overwhelmed, in tears, thinking about the setbacks, how long it will take me to get back to where I was, and how much I just plain miss climbing, and the climbing community. I was just starting to get super psyched on bouldering outside. That was new for me and it felt satisfying. Then I made one dumb mistake doing something I’ve done a hundred times. I just needed to jump 2 or 3 inches further back and I would have been fine. Instead, as I was jumping off this problem, my left foot didn’t land completely on the crashpad, and it hit part of the boulder. In a second, my ankle was fractured, and my life was very different.
I’ve never had an injury before. As you may recall about me, I’m the “newb”. I have never really been athletic in my whole life, very much the city gal, and certainly have never injured myself (unless you count, like, breaking a nail as an injury). So, having no idea what I was in for, for the first week, I was surprisingly positive. I watched Courtney Sanders’ video about training with her ankle injury a bunch of times, and read up about training while injured online. There are a number of inspiring stories like this one, or this one, or great tips, for example from pro climber Steph Davis on how to train when you have to stay off one leg. And from Evening Sends on how to not be annoying about being injured. Having armed myself with knowledge, I was feeling upbeat, and thinking to myself that this was going to be a great opportunity to focus on other aspects of fitness, and that I would get back to climbing, barely missing a beat. Well, I’m here to admit that isn’t exactly how it’s been going.