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33 | Paralympic Medalist Lex Gillette: For Every Vision, a Revision

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Release Date: 08/27/2020

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When you’re an injured athlete, it’s easy to feel isolated and alone. There are a lot of legitimate reasons for this, and factors that make it challenging to reach out and ask for the support you need. In this episode, co-host and mental skills coach Carrie Jackson talks us through exactly why support matters so much. And, she gives you specific tactics for determining which support you need and when you need it, and how to assemble a willing crew around you to offer it.

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56 | Carrie Answers a Question: Ric’s Request show art 56 | Carrie Answers a Question: Ric’s Request

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This week, Carrie responds to a request from listener Ric J. He asks: "How do I come to terms with or accept that I can no longer do exactly what I had hoped to do? I never let that dream go. After four years, I should but I can't."

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55 | Runner and Mountaineer Manal Rostom: Accept, Adapt, Act show art 55 | Runner and Mountaineer Manal Rostom: Accept, Adapt, Act

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Manal Rostom has been running since the age of 13. She rededicated herself to the sport in her 30s, and subsequently ran 13 marathons, becoming the first Egyptian woman to run five of the six Abbott World Marathon Majors. And, she climbed new heights; she’s also the first Egyptian woman to summit two of the world’s highest mountains. This week, she shares the story of the injury that sidelined her for six months, and what she learned about adapting, motivation, and self-love along the way.

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"There are days when I feel utterly hopeless and cry a lot. How do I keep it together? My doctor prescribed therapy and counseling, but there are no available spaces in my area. Besides yoga and meditation, what can I do to stay or return to positive?" This week, co-host and mental skills coach Carrie Jackson suggests some ways for listener Sarah B. to accept the emotions she has and to process them in a way that allows her to move forward.

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53 | Skyrunner Hillary Allen: Courage and Curiosity show art 53 | Skyrunner Hillary Allen: Courage and Curiosity

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Hillary Allen’s amazing story is actually the very first one we highlight in our book Rebound. In 2017, she fell off a ridge during Norway’s Tromsø Skyrace, tumbling 150 feet to what could have been her death. Her injuries included two broken ribs and wrists, a fracture in her back, and a ruptured ligament in her foot. Her compelling new book Out and Back tells the tale of her accident and recovery. On this week’s show, we delve into some of the emotional components of that incredible journey.

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52 | Carrie Answers a Question: Carla’s Challenge show art 52 | Carrie Answers a Question: Carla’s Challenge

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How can I handle the pressure of not being able to train with the fear of losing fitness as a competitive athlete? This week, co-host and mental skills coach Carrie Jackson answers a question from listener Carla F. She suggests Carla reset her goals and remember that her fitness will come back in time, once she allows herself the time and space to heal.

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51 | Paralympic Javelin Thrower Justin Phongsavanh: Building a Dream show art 51 | Paralympic Javelin Thrower Justin Phongsavanh: Building a Dream

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This Saturday, Justin Phongsavanh will have six throws of the javelin to earn his way to the Paralympic Games in Tokyo, when he competes at the U.S. Paralympic Team Trials for Track & Field in Minnesota. In this week’s episode, he shares with us the incredible journey that brought him to this point—and how the power of sport has carried him through some of life’s toughest moments.

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50 | Carrie Answers a Question: Frances’ Fear show art 50 | Carrie Answers a Question: Frances’ Fear

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"What I am struggling with the most right now is the paralyzing fear of re-injury. What else can you suggest for the person who has a debilitating fear of re-injury who has tried everything in Rebound and tends to outsmart themselves by overthinking everything?" This week, co-host and mental skills coach Carrie Jackson answers a question from listener Frances S. She offers Frances insight into what makes our brains fearful to begin with—and then gives some tips for moving forward with confidence.

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49 | Pro Runner Vanessa Fraser: Celebrating Every Step show art 49 | Pro Runner Vanessa Fraser: Celebrating Every Step

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Heading into 2020, elite runner Vanessa Fraser of the Bowerman Track Club had her sights set on the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials. But as the big date neared, some pain she’d been feeling in her Achilles tendons was worsening. Just when it became nearly unbearable, the pandemic changed everything. Vanessa took the opportunity to have bilateral surgery surgery. In this week’s episode, she walks us through everything that happened—and why she’s even more excited about her big dreams for the futu

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This week, co-host and mental skills coach Carrie Jackson answers a question from listener Tania G about how to get second (and third, and fourth) opinions. Carrie offers Tanya some guidance for navigating a complex medical system, and some ways all injured athletes can build confidence in their diagnoses and treatment plans.

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Lex Gillette—a world record holder and national champion in the long jump—has had to navigate change before. At age 8, doctors diagnosed him with detached retinas, and couldn’t save his sight despite multiple surgeries. Though the transition wasn’t easy, Lex credits his support system—and the confidence they inspired in him—with getting him through.

 

Even after he became an elite Paralympic track and field athlete, Lex faced injuries and other setbacks—including a long jump gone wrong on the world stage that required a near-instant recalibration, a story he retells dramatically on this week’s episode. 

 

So this year, when the COVID-19 pandemic delayed what would be his fifth Games in Tokyo, Lex was as well poised as anyone to find a new way forward. He took some time to be disappointed—after all, every athlete mourns a goal deferred—then set to work appreciating what he could do with the extra time. 

 

The one constant in life is change, he realizes, and it’s the ability to steer through uncertainty that enables you to reach whatever goal matters most.

 

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In this episode, we discuss:

  • Lex’s early years, including his vision loss (4:38)
  • When and how he found out about the Paralympics being rescheduled, and what he felt about it (6:47)
  • How injuries are viewed in Paralympic track and field (12:18)
  • His first major injury, and how important an engaged health care team was to his recovery (14:08)
  • How he learned to ask for help when he needed it, and what a difference it’s made in his life (24:10)
  • Why he thinks some people don’t ask for support (27:56)
  • How leaning on others has been like a trampoline, propelling him to greatness (30:52)
  • The ways he’s learned to focus on what he can do instead of what he can’t—the cane instead of the blindfold (34:28)
  • His injury that happened during the 2015 World Championships and how he regrouped—including the importance of his relationship with his guide (37:24)
  • Why his mantra is “No need for sight when you have a vision,” and how any athlete can use that right now (49:47)

 

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