Aksel Lund Svindal
Its been almost two weeks since I went down hard in Kitzbühel. 10 days of a lot of lying in bed and sitting on the sofa. So here we go. A few reflections I’ve done. -Shit happens!, and when it does it happens fast. One minute you´re in the starting gate thinking how you can gain a few hundreds of a second through a downhill turn. Before you know it you´re in the hospital wondering how many months till I can walk normally again. That’s the way it is. You can only deal with the things you can actually do something about. And that’s usually what´s right in front of you. Be well prepared to deal with anything, but don’t worry about stuff you can´t influence or things you can´t possibly see coming. -Walk it off! Sounds good, but doesn’t really work. I tried it, and that’s just the adrenalin walking. My knee was still busted, and by the time I got to the hospital I couldn’t take a single step. But to be honest, that’s not really the reason you do it. Knowing that there´s a lot of people watching you race, and a lot of them friends and family. It is always best to show that you´re ok, if you are. Downhill crashes can look real bad, and in the bigger picture a knee is not that serious. If you can, give a signal you´re ok. If you get helicoptered out of there, it always takes hours before friends and family get any news about your condition. -Good people are awesome. I´ve said this before, but it strikes me every time. It´s always nice to be around good people. But when things don’t go that well, that’s when it goes from nice to crucial. I´m thinking of everyone. The medical personnel that take are of you on the hill and at the hospital, your team and team mates, sponsors and your ski company, and of course friends and family! Thanks. -Rehab training feels brutal at first. You´re used to being an athlete, and all of a sudden it feels more like being a patient. But then you start appreciating small steps and improvement, an then is actually not that bad. -I usually go down hard when I´m skiing my best. And so have a lot of other athletes. Bad luck??? No, I don’t believe it is. In downhill racing(and a lot of other sports) there will always be an element of risk. Something we all know about and that we´re used to. Part of your job as an athlete is to be willing to accept this risk and push the limit so that you can go faster. To be able to win races you need to be good at overcoming your negative thoughts and be able to take enough risk. I´m not necessarily a big risk seeker. So I need to convince my self that it´s worth taking the risk. Taking risk when the possible outcome is winning the race, that’s a much better risk/reward ratio than when you´re not in a position to win. So when the price is bigger, I have an easier time convincing myself that it´s worth pushing hard. -So now it´s back to rehab training. Do I have the motivation to go trough another rehab in just over a year? I do! With skiing as the ultimate goal of course. But there´s also a lot of other things. I want to drop the crutches as fast as I can. I wanna walk on a beach, and ride my bike somewhere cool. I wanna lift weights and do heavy workouts. To get there as fast as possible it´s all the same method. Good rehab training is the answer to all these!
When a bunch of downhill racers end up at the hospital at the same time. And you do paper, scissors, rock over who gets to do surgery first. :)
For sure not the picture and update i wanted to post after Kitzbühel. But here we are. I messed up my knee a little and about to go into surgery. Kinda sucks in the middle of the winter, but thats life. Ups and downs and just gotta deal with whatever comes.
Pulled my hamstring when I went down in that slalom tonight. But fysio Lars working some late night magic and I should be ready to go in tomorrow's downhill. Looking out on the downhill course through the hotel room window.