ON THE MORNING AFTER FRIDAY'S WORLD CUP SHORT TRACK (XCC), I pre-rode the cross-country course to check the trail conditions and confirm my line choices. During my final course check, I crashed on the first steep A-line descent. Dirt packed into my teeth and blood dripped from my upper lip, the sport humbling me as it often does. (My Edge sunglasses fully protected my eyes and face—only a couple small scratches to show from the harsh impact!)
After the crash, the possibility of a concussion never crossed my mind. My upper lip and hand were swollen, forcing me to focus on recovering those minor injuries. My head felt totally fine. Plus, my helmet didn’t have the slightest of marks on it. So, why would I have a concussion…right??
My mind quickly adapted to the situation, and I shifted to a new preparation plan to ensure that I could show up to race day at my best. How would I manage my injuries, recover, and get back on my bike as soon as possible? I was determined to take on this new challenge; I wanted to see if I could overcome the discomfort and still race at the highest level. In the moment, the crash added an exciting new element to my World Cup race weekend.