I have a bit of an announcement to make! I have signed up for my first BCABBA (BC Amateur Bodybuilding Association) Bikini competition 😯 The Knight of Champions fitness competition will take place September 10th in Surrey, BC, and it’s only 13 weeks away (yesterday!) Eek! I have decided to shift gears a bit for a few reasons, which I intend to share in this blog post!
I love, I mean, LOVE CrossFit, as well as, the sports of weightlifting and powerlifting. The last two years of dealing with this chronic back and tailbone injury have been extremely challenging, and at times, very demoralizing. Ideally, I would still be able to compete in the sports I just mentioned as they are my passion, and Freddy continues to train and compete at a competitive level.
However, I have had to take a long, hard look at the true reality of my current situation. I hope that it will not be a permanent one, but I still do rehab exercises daily, and have spent thousands of dollars trying to alleviate the damage from my skydiving accident in May of 2014. I never thought over two years later I would still be in daily pain, but it is improving, and I have been seeing progress lately.
In January of this year, I started seeing a Chinese Medicine Doctor by the name of Dr. Ross Ralph, at the Courtenay Healing Centre, and he has helped me immensely. When I started seeing him I had gotten really desperate as I had exhausted so many other therapy options, and could barely sleep, let alone workout. Between his acupuncture, osteopathy, injection therapy, supplements, and exercises, I am doing significantly better.
Due to the mechanism of my injury, I am very limited in what I can do training-wise. Currently, I’m allowed to do light (I’m talking 15lb!) Goblet Squats, and 1-legged Deadlifts. Nothing that extends or flexes my spine, no pull-up’s, no hinging, no barbells, no running, rowing, or skipping. Even the rotation in swimming seems to bother me! The tough part is that in the moment, warmed up, I feel okay, so the movements don’t feel so bad… until the next day, where I can barely get out of bed, or my back seizes me into place, or my tailbone throbs when I sit down.
But! I have wasted way too much time feeling sorry for myself, wishing I could train the way I want to, and grieving the loss of those sports. As I heal, I plan on slowly integrating more CrossFit, weightlifting, and powerlifting movements back into my training, but the progression will be a lot slower than what I was trying to do the last few years. Ego and pride are part of it too! Not that I was ever a highly competitive athlete in these sports, but it’s challenging to be a CrossFit trainer, and be so injured because of something completely unrelated.
I am still so grateful to those sports for making me strong, because over and over again, the health care professionals I have seen are stunned that I didn’t break my tailbone or back. The impact from hitting the ground before the tandem master I was jumping with, was so great that the force of it slammed my sacrum out of place as well as my top two vertebrae. Over a year and a half later when I started seeing a NUCCA (upper cervical) chiropractor, and got x-ray’s of my head and neck, I found out that C1/C2 were 23° out of place! This is on top of having Facet Syndrome in my vertebrae, tears in my L4/L5 discs, and stretched out ligaments → basically one big mess!!
I realize it could have been way worse, but for me, physical activity and competing have always been a big part of my life and happiness. So, rather than mope around, I have decided to focus my training/nutrition energies on a new goal! I have never tried to be super lean, and those that know me well know that I like my treats 🙂 By signing up for this competition it will give me something else to focus on besides Raido Coaching, and it will also help me stay motivated, which is nice for Freddy, who is still training hard for CrossFit. This way we can focus on nutrition, sleep, and recovery together, like the weirdos we are, haha.
In 2007, I competed in one ‘fitness modeling’ competition, where I placed 4th, and I decided the dieting wasn’t for me, lol, who would’ve thought I’d end up back here? Now that I’m working with clients on their nutrition, it’s important to me that I “walk the walk”. It’s also important to me to be a good example for my clients training-wise, and show them that you can keep fit no matter what, even if it’s not exactly what you would like to be doing… For example, I get a LOT of weird looks when I go for walks with my weight vest on! lol.
So, I may be shifting gears and goals for now, but I wanted to explain what has brought me to this decision. By focusing on leaning out, and lower intensity movements, I can still compete, but not beat myself up about not being where I ‘used to be’. Fitness competitors are some of the most disciplined athletes- imagine upping your training intensity, while dieting down… I’ll have my work cut out for me! I will post some updates on my progress for those that are interested, and will be trying to do this in the most healthy way possible!