Why am I here?
My body was broken. I felt and moved like an old man. It was the summer of 2013 and I was about to turn 28.
I had stepped away from elite rowing, but I still longed for a challenge. I had just completed my first triathlon, an Ironman 70.3 and I was shattered.
Fifteen years and thousands of miles of competitive rowing had left me with a number of injuries; the most serious of which was ribs that would frequently dislocate. A hard sneeze would pop them loose from my sternum and I’d double over in pain as I struggled to catch my breath. My body would break out in stress-induced sweat.
My ankles, hips, and back had such limited ranges of motion they were effectively frozen. My body was tense and restricted. My joints ached and throbbed when I went for a run. I began to notice problems. When I walked I favored my right leg – the inside leg from sweep rowing. My left foot’s arch was painful and my knee and ankle felt weak. I was a mess.
My brain had adapted so much to moving efficiently inside a boat that it changed my movement patterns on land. I recognized something was off but I didn’t know where to begin to look for answers.
For the first time in my life my focus shifted from race results to my holistic health. When I went through the FMS (Functional Movement Screen), it was a very humbling experience for me.