We’ve made the difficult decision to end our Test Event with three days’ racing to go. I am healing extraordinarily well, and our primary goal is to be ready to train stateside in less than a month with our sights on Perth for the ISAF Worlds in December. Of course, we would have preferred a different outcome to this event, but we will not dwell on this misfortune.
As Dr. Shawn Hunt, the physical therapist on staff with the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics here in Weymouth has told me; “now [I] know what it’s like to be injured in the NFL.” Shawn has experience in multiple professional sports leagues in the US, and he has been involved with Olympic Sailing in the US for many years. Having virtually round-the-clock care from one of the best in the business has been absolutely invaluable. While it is far from normal in appearance, the affected area is far less swollen than it was when the injury occurred just a few days ago. Aside from ice, elevation, and other forms of swelling control, we have been able to begin rehabilitation of the ankle already. We are now quite confident that there was no significant tear, as there was in the left ankle in Palma in March 2010. This should be a much more speedy recovery.
For the remainder of our time here in Weymouth, we will pack containers to go to Perth, Australia, meet to debrief the event and the European season, watch our teammates go for medals, and I will continue with my aggressive rehab. All in all, we will keep our ultimate goal of being on the podium in one year in the forefront of our minds. That is what drives us, and we will not be shaken from that quest by a small stumbling block. Of course, we will need to avoid these stumbling blocks as we become nearer to that date.
Thanks to all of our supporters and sponsors, including Sperry Top-Sider. We would also like to thank the sponsors and supporters of the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics especially our title sponsor AlphaGraphics and Gold Partners Atlantis and Rolex.