So I was totally excited about my crossfit birthday. I was booked into classes all through January, I’d set my crossfit goals for the year, and (most importantly it turns out), I’d decided to see the doctor about the nagging pain in my arm that was stopping me doing anything  pulling (basically all lifts that aren’t squats). The result – a sort of diagnosis of tendonitis and an instruction to stay off exercise for 4 weeks. To someone who has really only just got into exercise, and who is terrified of putting the weight back on and getting out of the habit, this was a freaking disaster and I resolved to ignore her.

I did the sensible thing and spoke to a coach, who has mandated two weeks off at least, then a review. So I’m taking 2 weeks off. Now that my absolute FURY has subsided, here’s what I’ve learnt:

1) when you have a nagging pain in your arm, get it looked at sooner rather than later, before you shonk it good and proper
2) There are always workarounds, but you need to listen to people who know
3) It’s a life-long habit. In that context, 4 weeks isn’t a massive deal
4) You might lose some strength in that time, but you’ll get it back, it’s fine
5) Listen to people who know – do the exercises they suggest, take the anti-inflammatories
6) Running is spectacularly boring and nowhere near as challenging as a crossfit metcon, probably because I’m not pushing  myself hard enough
7) Stop being  a big baby

I’m a week into my enforced rest. I was hoping to be back next week but it’s looking unlikely but the running is coming along nicely, so that’s something. I’m doing exercises, and air squats, so hopefully I’ll be back in no time at all. I can’t wait!



Rachael Parkman

Rachael is a late 30s south Londoner, who’s always been bigger than she wants but thinks she’s found the solution. Lives with her husband and cat, and enjoys cooking, gin and tonic and wearing nice shoes.

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