Six weeks ago CINCH rider Kyleigh Spearing crashed heavily in a race breaking her arm. The break was severe and required surgery to repair. This was a frustrating setback for Ky as she crashed in her debut race for the 2022 season, a season she has put so much work into.
But instead of letting this get her down, she immediately focused her energy on her comeback. She followed the process that CINCH athletes follow that was designed to help them come back from difficult adversity. Today, she is outside training at full strength and getting ready to race again in just one week’s time!
The five steps she followed in her comeback can help you as well. They are as follows:
1. Own the situation you are in.
Whatever the reason is why you are having to come back, own it. If it was a vacation, appreciate the time away that has grown your love of your training more. If it was a forced stop like an injury, own the new challenge in-front of you. Avoid minimizing your situation as that will lead you to try and skip over the important details needed to progress.
2. Get romantic about the comeback.
Hey, comebacks are sexy! Don’t try to hide it, put it front and center. Act like your comeback is a movie and really glorify every detail of the challenges you are faced with. No one can relate to perfection, but everyone can relate and be inspired by your battle back.
3. Make a plan with an expert before you start.
Most people think they will first start riding to get back in shape before they get help. No no no no! Experts know the right path for your situation and how to guide you on it. Lean on them and use them to make your comeback safe, efficient, and optimal. Time is the one thing you can’t get back, so don’t waste it.
4. Don’t look back! There’s nothing good back there!
Avoid comparing yourself or your progress to how you were “before.” Return to point # 1 and adjust your perspective to what your situation is now. Look up and only focus on moving forward
5. Start Today!
There are a lot of things you can get away with procrastinating on, but your health and well-being is not one. Just like in #3, time is not something you can get back. This is for you. Start now and take care of yourself.