Setbacks are only that – now, how to adjust
It was a sunny afternoon in the spring of 2009 as I finished a long training ride and approached the school parking lot, just in time to pick my kids up after school.
But making the turn into the school, my rear tire slid, I tried to unclip from my pedals to catch myself, and I went down in a flash, an accident so sudden I didn’t even have time to register what had happened.
What I do remember though, is the slow, pull and snap that erupted in my lower leg, breaking all three bones in the lower leg and shattering my ankle. Such a mundane, simple spill on my bike, yet, there I was, on the side of the road with my ankle jutting awkwardly unaligned with the rest of my leg.
This story is not unique. As Alaskans, we injure ourselves all the time. We’re outside, doing things; never sitting still, taking advantage of long days and late nights. It’s a hazard of living here. With airplanes, snowmachines, boats and firearms, we are constantly faced with ways in which to hurt ourselves. But what do you do? Stop doing?
I don’t think so.
This month, freelance writer Jill Jordan shares her frustration at being dealt an injury that could alter her running lifestyle – for the rest of her life. What do you do when faced with such a challenge? How do you overcome your injury and still stay active? Check out her story on Page 14 to see more – and perhaps be motivated – on how to move forward from your own recent setback.
For those of you who are raring to run, be sure to check out the pages of our annual Big Wild Life Runs section (17-64). This popular annual event combines all sorts of running fun – from clinics featuring special guests to short races to a marathon – and debuting this year, and Ultra 49K for the 49th state. BWLR is one of the summer’s favorite events and this guide will help you prepare for it
July is an active time indeed, with cycling, running, climbing and more. Fishing season is in full swing, and boating is at its peak. We’re raring to go, exploring Alaska like ants at a picnic, overwhelmed by the outdoors bounty before us.
And if you’ve exhausted all of your regular hangouts, be sure to read Joe Stock’s suggestions on fast hiking in this month’s 61 Degrees, Page 78. Stock takes hiking to a whole new level with his fast-hiking approach, whereupon he can explore large chunks of the Chugach one adventurous undertaking at a time.
Or meander to Singletrack Mind, on Page 67, where local cycling guru Janice Tower points us to some of the best under-traveled back roads for road cycling. While the Glenn Highway bike path sure is convenient, these alternatives can spice up your training routine.
We invite you this month to sit back, relax and experience Alaska, vicariously, through the words and images provided by our fellow Alaskans. And, as always, we welcome your input and suggestions.