Posted by: courtneywhalen | March 21, 2012

Stepping down from now on - box jumps that is……

Hello everyone. I am happy to finally get my own blog going.  I ruptured my achilles tendon on March 2nd on my last 10 of 150 box jumps doing the filthy fifty workout. I was so shocked at first, I tried to tell myself that it was not that bad but the “snap” is undeniable.  I had surgery on March 7th, was in a splint for two weeks and then I went into a cast on March 20th and I get it off on Monday.  When I first did my injury, it was late on a Friday so I had to wait out the weekend.  When I saw my OS on that Monday, he booked me for surgery right away. Given how fast everything happened, it took me a while to find this site. I have been fighting with my OS to get my cast off as quickly as possible so that I can start PWB.  So glad I know this now!  Had I not found this site, my doc would have kept me on a more conservative rehab. I am surprised too because I live in a very active and progressive area so I was shocked to learn that my OS was so conservative. Good news is that he is listening to me and willing to work with me.  Hopefully casting for 12 days will not be too bad for my overall recovery. I just want to say thank you to everyone who pushes for the more aggressive rehab, otherwise I would have never known!

The hardest part has been the mental aspect of it.  I have good days and bad. I have learned that the best thing to do is to accept that the accident happened and move onto next steps.  The hardest part for me was the acceptance because I was a super jock one day, in some of the best shape of my life and then I am stuck in bed with my leg up the next minute trying to pass the time and figure out work for the next two months.  

Anyway, just wanted to start my blog and say thanks. This site and all the members have already been a HUGE help for me. It is so true, other people just don’t know what we are going through. I am three weeks post surgery and still have a long road ahead of me but happy to be getting this cast off soon!


Good luck to you! Trust me, I know the feeling about the wondering how this could happen to you when you are in such good shape. I would suggest that you stay active, and listen to your body because you know it better than anyone. I believe staying active helped me bounce back a lot faster but don’t overdo it. I”m sure, like all of us, you NEVER want to have to go through any of this ever again. Happy Healing!

Yup. You’ll get very creative in your work-arounds in order to get a work-out in. I also agree that the mental is the hardest. The physical treatment recovery and rehabilition — from the surgery or conservative approach to strength-training and all points in between — is well-documented and established. Follow a decent protocol and you should recover just fine. But what to do, and how to do it, in the meantime. Keep your body from stagnating in place, and your mood likewise. That’s the challenge.

I’m doing more upper-body stuff. As you’re a Crossfitter, think Cindy without the squats. Maybe bicycle kicks instead. For me, sets of push-ups, pull-ups, some overhead presses (for the first several weeks, from my knees), and miscellanous. Doing this in stations and keeping moving helps me get my heart rate up. NOTHING like compared to what I was doing before — but still so much better than doing nothing. Don’t think I’ve ever gone this long in my adult life without running, biking, jogging or hiking — let alone Xfit like activities. But as I’m still (for now) wearing the same size jeans, the work-around activity has to be doing some good even if my cardio has gone to cr*p.

Wishing you the best w/ it all, and struggling with the same issues along side you.

Welcome! Ive only had my blog for about a week and the amount of support I’ve gotten is tremendous! Wishing you a speedy recovery!

Yes, so true Janus. I have never gone this long in my adult life without running, biking, hiking, playing sports. I am doing upper body training at home but it is not really much and not getting any cardio going. I do have to say that getting around on the crutches has some level of cardio in it though. My girlfriend came up and took me out to dinner last night and that did me a world of good. I felt halfway human again to be able to get out and about. I get a lot of stares on my crutches and it got me thinking that most on crutches must not get out that much….and now I have learned why, it is hard!

Hey there! I just read your blog and seriously could not believe it! I live in San Rafael. I ruptured my left achilles (at CrossFit Ross Valley) on the 88th rep of box jumps. I am super active like you and am having a tough time mentally dealing with this injury. Had surgery on May 30th and now in a Vaco boot. Would love to connect by email if you are interested…

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