Climbing Everest


At one point in my life, I wanted to climb Everest. I set goals including (but not limited to) walking the Inca Trail and backpacking in Yellowstone.

I never noticed the drift in my life until it hit me: I wasn’t in any shape to survive those trips, let alone enjoy them. I had let “FORMER” athlete become my official title and I accepted that for what it was.

I grew up in a house where we weren’t allowed to be “bored” or say we “can’t” do something. At some point in my life, I embraced both of those things and ended up with a knee injury that further proved I needed to change my ways.

 As I struggled to breathe through many of the WOD’s, I didn’t think I’d be able to make it.
 I kept pushing forward, watching the time move slower with each meter I was rowing or wall ball I was doing. But it was progress and I watched as every day, my breathing became easier and my body grew stronger. I had a coach by my side who believed I was ready for more and lead me down a path to get there every session.
 Suddenly, my breathing and my injury weren’t the limiting factor in my workouts–the only thing keeping me from pushing farther and faster was my mind.
 If I work hard and focus, I can achieve my goals. I got rid of crutches as soon as I was able and between my physical therapy and my friction “therapy,” I am moving better now than before the injury. If I treat myself well and take care of my body, I can achieve what I never thought possible.
With the help of some amazing coaches, an amazing community, and the right mindset, I’ve erased “former” from my life. I’ve had workouts that I didn’t think I could finish, but I’ve stopped worrying about what I can’t do and the Friction community has made me excited to think about what I can do.
 Author:Jessica Swiontek

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