You probably know very well by now that I don't play standing volleyball anymore because I had a bad ankle injury, one that no longer lets me do activity with much ankle impact, such as running and jumping - since that involves a lot of changing directions that my ankle cannot handle.
It took along time for me to realize that the only limit my injury had on me was the limits I placed in my mind. I couldn't jump, but I could still squat. I couldn't run, but I could swim. I couldn’t sprint, but I COULD BIKE - and that’s exactly what I started doing. I had a difficult time finding exercises to really get my heart rate up that didn't require me to use my ankle a whole lot. One day while at the gym I saw they offered cycling classes. While cycling I would have brief exhilarating moments where I peddle super fast and I would close my eyes and imagine I was sprinting into the finish line and reaching that high. As I once did while training for standing volleyball, but back then it was sometimes a low because I couldn’t wait for our shuttle runs to be over.
I have a new reason to celebrate the awesome (but different) ways my body has adapted to my new levels of activity. Thats because of my new cycling shoes from TIEM. For the past year I had been wear my regular trainers to class. I don't have an outdoor bike and would only attend classes a couple days a week, so I didn't think it was necessary for true cycling shoes. But the difference these shoes make in my performance is next level. I didn't spend half the class fiddling with my feet in the peddles, it made the ride SOOO much smoother and felt I was hitting muscle groups similar to when I used to run. The best part was when class was over I just hopped off the bike and went about my business. These are cycling shoes you can actually walk in, since the cleats don't hit the ground while walking. I love the design and function of these shoes and recommend them for anyone looking to add cycling to there workout routine.
I guess whether injured or not - we always have some sort of issue with our body, and it’s such a journey trying to get to know it and befriend it. Appreciate where you are, what you can do and most of all your body in whatever state it’s in. At the end of it all, what you have is more than enough.