Turning My Crossfit Injury Into Opportunity

My first box jump!!!

I havent updated this much because I plateaud for quite awhile and was quite discouraged

I have been crossfitting 4 days a week in my recovery, and at this point there is little outside of jumping rope and box jumps that I cant do to some extent.

However, 2 days ago I got my first box jump. And then I added about 40 more. It was only a 16 inch box,  but I overcame the fear. I’m pretty sure I could have conquered the 20 inch box but I didn’t want to push it too far. I was a little sore the next day, but it was muscular and not that burning tendon feeling. It only took 5 and a half months!

At this point I am confident in my plan to enter my first crossfit competition in July.

15 weeks and the Crossfit Open behind me, still feeling weak.

It’s been awhile since my last post.  Mostly because there is minimal progress. I suppose it’s just less noticable.

I can walk slowly without a limp, but I like to walk fast :) so it’s usually visible.

I made it through through Crossfit open, starting with a goal of finishing in the top half of my region.  I came close, finishing in the top 55%

Nearly every workout seemed to be effected by my lack of calf strength.

13.1 snatches are hard when you can’t get up to your toes.

13.2 Box jumps were subbed with step ups

13.3 Every try a one legged double under? I was only able to get 14.

13.4 This one actually wasnt too bad . Thrusters put a little strain on the achilles at the bottom, but not too much pain.

I’m please to have finished every workout, but of course I want to be further along.

At this point I still cant get even a millimeter off the ground without some assistance from the other leg. Is this typical for everyone?  Starting to slip back into the pity party now that I’ve plateaued.

Scene of the Crime

My rupture happened on Thursday December 20th at 815AM at my Crossfit box.

The WOD was as follows

4 Rounds for Time

5 Dead Lift #275
10 Spiderman Push Ups
15 Hollow Rocks
20 Box Jumps

This wasnt a particularly hard workout, beyond the fact that deadlifts are one of my least favorite lifts. I was killing it through 2 rounds I made my way over to the box jumps in the 3rd round and just started rattling them off. I was rebounding at the bottom and resting at the top. At about rep 10 I started thinking about how good I had become at rebounding, almost as if I had springs in my feet.

Then, rep 13 came, I got to the bottom and felt the infamous phantom kick to the back of my leg. It’s pretty crazy how real that seemed. I actually looked behind  me in anger thinking someone was paying a sick joke on me.

No one was there.

I sat there for a second and surveyed my left leg to understand what just happened. There was no pain in my ankle, I’ve sprained ankles and actually broken my right  before, I knew it wasn’t that. Actually there wasnt much pain in general.

I tried to stand up. It felt like I was standing on a decline, again no pain, just no strength or stability.

I sat right back down.

Then I got sick to my stomach as it dawned on me what happened. I touch the  depressed area where my achilles cord should be.


For the next 20 minutes I sat in a chair with an ice pack on my foot and sweat, trying with all of my might to keep from vomiting. I’m not sure if the nausea was caused by the trauma to my body or realizing the fact that I was going to be sidelined for an indefinite, and probably long, period of time.

This can’t be happening!

My first competition is in a month.

I’m really good at this


We went to the hospital, they did the Thompson test . I failed. They gave me some meds and a recommendation for an Orthopedic Surgeon and the rest is history and I slept the rest of the day.

I’m going to make multiple posts today to get the blog caught up to present day. I appreciate your following my story. Those blogs I’ve read on this site have been both inspirational and informational, So I hope that I can put the next guy at ease, or at least help them realize  they’re not alone. I didn’t see many Crossfit injuries on this site, so perhaps that will be my niche.