By the age of 15, going on 16, I was training for an elite swim club, 18 hours a week of wear and tear, grinding, non-stop stress on my body. I kept having this back pain appear and at first, I thought nothing of it – I did not want to be weak – so I kept going. That is the athletes’ mindset, right? An injury makes you weak, not being able to handle the training thrown at you. There is not one athlete who wants to be the one sitting on the side because they physically cannot take what the rest of the team is doing.
Are you familiar with the idiom “The straw that broke the camel’s back”?
This simple phrase captures the idea that a seemingly minor or routine action can cause an unpredictably large and rapid reaction, due to the cumulative effect of many previous small actions. Typically we blame the last straw right? But the real problem is the progressive accumulation of the small problems (straws) prior to the last straw being added to the camel’s back!