Perhaps you’re one of the lucky ones, an active outdoor athlete who’s never suffered time off the hill, out of the saddle, or away from the trail because of injury. If so, good on ya…but brace yourself cause it’s probably coming.
Getting hurt is part of adventure. Skiing, climbing, mountain biking, trail running — there’s risk inherent in every one of these pursuits. If the fickle face of fortune smiles on you, your mishaps will only be minor, but they’re coming. I’ve tweaked my ankles so many times I can’t count, I have scars from at least four sports, and the photo above is a portrait of my right knee, which has yet to fully recover from that little incident.
Like most people, I try to make the best of a bad situation and use time away from sport to catch up on work, reading, guitar practice, or unwatched episodes of Breaking Bad or Homeland. But no matter how you spin it, getting hurt sucks. In which ways, we’re asking, does it suck the most?
This week, one poll participant will receive a Smith Optics I/OS goggles. We’ll pick the winner via random number generator (and announce it here) — all you have to do to enter is vote and leave a comment so we have your email to contact you. Must have a U.S. or Canadian address. Contest ends Sunday, February 3, at midnight PST.
Congrats to Chris Butcher, winner of the goggles!
Photo by Steve Casimiro