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Just me and my thoughts

Just me and my thoughts

by Sam Twiston-Davies |  13 Dec 2017

Since I’ve been off, I have had a lot of time to think.

You go from a 70 mph life travelling around the country, going to yards, going to the racetrack and living this crazy brilliant life surrounded by amazing people to a 5 mph one sitting at home with no one there but yourself, and your thoughts.  It all just stops. 

When you see horses you should have been on win, I can’t really describe what that feels like. You convince yourself that you can get used to it. But you can’t.

But as I see it, you have a choice. Racing is a great sport but as a jockey, it’s all about ups and downs. How you decide to handle the downs can make you a better jockey in the long run, plus I guess a better person.

I’ve tried to use this time off positively. To realise that I’m very lucky to do what I do, and that I love it.  Therefore to channel any negative thoughts into positive action, so it’s make me work harder, physically and mentally, both now when I’m in ‘rehab’ and in the very near future, when I get on a horse again.

With a good team around you, this is of course easier to do.  And my surgeon, plus the Oaksey House team have been unbelievable.

I missed a session on Monday as we were snowed in.  So I went sledging and took a fall! 

Today, I did two sessions again, a fitness session with Rob Treviss and a physio one with Emma Edwards. 

With a recovery such as mine, I’m pushing to get six weeks of rehab into just a few, so the team use various techniques and implements that help, and everything is focused on building up the strength in my arm and maintaining the range of movement we’ve achieved.  Emma has given me an exercise programme using a TheraBand in order to strengthen the muscles plus today she used something called Dry needling, which is a form of acupuncture, so basically putting needles into my arm to help stop the spasm of muscles.

Rob was really happy with my fitness and we did an incremental pyramid on the wattbike - gradually increasing the exercise and then decreasing again. pllus working on the strength in the tricep. I weighed 10 stone 2 lbs this morning after a good feed last night, and I’m really happy with that.

I don’t know what the next few days will bring as we near the end of my time on the side-lines, but all I can say is that I’ve truly missed racing and the way of life it brings and I can’t wait to get back.

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