7 Weeks Out – Zach Kotecki

Zach Kotecki – @ZachKoteckiFitness

“I’m here. I’m not going anywhere. No matter what the injury – unless it’s completely debilitating – I’m going to be the same player I’ve always been. I’ll figure it out. I’ll make some tweaks, some changes, but I’m still coming.” 

  • Kobe “Black Mamba” Bryant

7 weeks out. 7 weeks out from the final product. I’m feeling the best I’ve ever felt, looking my best and ready to knock out my competition. Yesterday (April 17th) I was changing some plates for a client I was working with when the unexpected happened. The plate fell out of my hands and landed directly on my big toe. For the first few seconds it didn’t hurt. Then I thought to myself as the plate is still spiraling around on the floor, you just dropped 45 pounds onto your big toe. Instantly the pain set in. It was burning and I knew that it wasn’t going to look pretty underneath. I took my shoe and sock off and my toe was already swollen and purple. My toe, as my girlfriend who was there said, looks like a sausage lol. I kept the shoe off and hobbled around best I could and finished training my client. 

When I got home I elevated it with ice on and off and let it be for the rest of the night. I couldn’t bend or move the toe without serious pain and had to walk on my heel. This is the same foot/toe that I dropped a 10-pound plate on months ago and still battling pain from running a marathon on no training in CrossFit shoes. It finally came back to bite me in the ass. If nothing was seriously wrong then, I think I did the trick this time! Haha. I do not know if the toe is broken, fractured or just seriously bruised. It is now just the next day and I haven’t gone to see a doctor. All I know is that I am beyond upset with myself and will have to miss cardio, for how long is uncertain. Not exactly what was in the plans, but we will adapt. I will not let an injury as silly as this stop me from training and being my absolute best. All it means is that it will make winning that much sweeter. What is a journey without a few hiccups or struggles along the way? No one would have as much fun or want to do competitions such as this if they knew it would be easy. Today’s workout will be done as will the next days and the day to follow. Even if it happens to be broken I am willing to sacrifice my healing time to compete. That is why I believe that I will win. No one wants it as much as me. 

Until next time, 

Zach Kotecki NSCA-CPT, TSAC-F

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