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#TakeonaChallenge Blog: Recovery Phase Challenges

April 22, 2014

Some of you may remember the photo below that I tweeted straight after my first Mudstacle League event, the Nuts Challenge. It appears that I did in fact weaken my knee and have now twisted it further and damaged my MCL (medial collateral ligament).


I have had to make the difficult decision to pull out of the Winter Series of the league, as I will have missed/have to miss too many events to be able to compete in it properly. I also do not think I will be ready to take on the Dirty Weekend 20 mile, 200 obstacle race with such little preparation time and enjoy it (you can read last year’s event review here). My aim is to recover and then take part in the Summer Series later in the year, as well as a number of other exciting challenges in that are in the pipeline. Now I need to be disciplined and careful to make sure they can all still happen!

I am an incredibly impatient person, so this decision is actually a rather rare and mature one for me! Still, I do not want to lose the fitness I have been working on, so I have decided to channel my energies on to smaller mini-challenges to keep me ticking over and maintain my sanity throughout this recovery phase. There are a plethora of these types of core and conditioning mini-challenges available on social media platforms, usually attached through some sort of hashtag like #fitspiration. Why not join me and #takeonachallenge, similar to the plank one I’ll be doing this month?


I hope I can maintain this odd (for me) acceptance and approach I have to this injury, and all going well, I shall start looking to find some alternative challenges that I can do which can accommodate a dodgy knee—let me know if you know of any!

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