🦁October 7th, 2017 was a big day in my almost decade journey at this lifestyle.
One year ago I suffered a fully torn achilles tendon on my right foot playing basketball. The achilles is the biggest tendon on the human body and basically operates the foot.
5 hours after tearing it.. I went to squat. This is not recommended, but just saying what I did.
In fact, I continued to squat everyday to accomplish my 1,000 straight day goal even on one leg for ~30 days due to a walking boot. Squatted 500lbs 76 days after the achilles tear! I fully rehabbed the injury myself through stretching, squatting, deadlifting, and eventually lunging.
The recovery time for such an injury was projected 9 months to a year and half by 2 orthopedic surgeons. I'll never forget Dr. Edmunds of McBride Ortho telling me "you'll never be the same after this injury." He was right, I'm not the same. I became better. The injury was just what I needed at the time to light a fire in me to prove myself TO myself once again.
In under 9 months after the injury, I became first to lunge 3 miles up Mount Scott and then 3.4 miles over The Golden Gate Bridge down and back to tribute my dad. Not to mention I'm stronger than I was before the injury!
I set a goal to squat for 1,000 days in a row so quitting is not an option. I'm sticking it out no matter what.. injury, death of a parent, birth of child.. no matter what! This mindset, although not for most people, has led to my success. My dad would be proud of my perseverance.. but there's is still more ahead to overcome!
Things in life happen to all of us so there's only two options: quit or persevere. I chose the latter, hope you do the same in whatever mountain you're facing.
These are video clips from some of my squatting and lunging since the injury🦁
Stay tuned for May 2018 in OKC #LungeTogether