During the weeks following your release, how much riding were you actually doing and how did everything feel?
I ended up riding two to three times a week and things started coming around really well. My wrist was still sore and bugging me a little bit so I was breaking things up into four 15-minute sessions a day. It was good, especially for just coming back. Our turn track is super rough so that came in play too. I could‰Ûªve probably done a 30-plus-two on our normal track because even though it‰Ûªs rough, it‰Ûªs a different type of rough than the turn track. I have even more extension in my elbow now than I did back then, so that should be better.
It seems like since day one of your injury, your mental strength and perseverance have never wavered. Has that attitude helped you overcome what could have been a career-ending injury?
I feel like I‰Ûªve always been one of the stronger people, mentally. I might‰Ûªve gotten that from my dad [laughs]. I don‰Ûªt know though, I was just born like this. Luckily, I still have my arm but other than that, things like this aren‰Ûªt going to phase me and nothing has changed since the crash. If I could line up on the gate right now, I‰Ûªd still put in my head that I‰Ûªm going to win and I‰Ûªd fight for that. As soon as I‰Ûªm back to riding 100%, I‰Ûªm going to prepare myself and we‰Ûªll go back to racing and be shooting for the win.
What are some of your plans in the next few weeks?
I‰Ûªm getting my stiches out on Wednesday from my last surgery, which will then allow us to start doing more scar-tissue work and some joint mobility. This will end up giving me a lot more range of motion. On top of that, I‰Ûªll be picking up those braces for my wrist and elbow, which will help me to keep extending them. We‰Ûªre strengthening every single day, of course. Other than that, I‰Ûªm going to Utah on Friday for about 12 days. I‰Ûªm going to have a trials bike and CRF450R up there, so I‰Ûªll ride this week in Florida and I‰Ûªll definitely be riding up there, even if it‰Ûªs just trails.
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