Tips for Staying Motivated While Recovering from Injury
with Isabella Naughton, Liv Factory Racing
There is never a good time to be injured. As an athlete, suffering through the middle of the race season with an injury is one of the hardest things to navigate.
I hurt my wrist at the beginning of the 2022 season. I was supposed to be competing in a warm up race before heading to Europe for the start of the Enduro World Series, but instead I was sidelined.
After taking six weeks off the bike, I did everything I could to be healed in time for the USA National Championships in July. I made a goal for that to be my comeback race and I was finally feeling confident again on the bike. Then, on the first stage of the race I made a mistake resulting in a broken ankle.
I sat down on the side of the course knowing something was wrong and I just started crying – like really ugly crying. I couldn’t believe it. Again? Already? The rest of my season was over, in a matter of seconds. I was so upset and frustrated with myself and I really dug myself into a hole of self-doubt. I was at home on the couch while everyone else was racing. I felt like I was losing valuable time, fitness and experience.