Staying sane whilst injured

October 10, 2014

After a nasty crash herself, the lady in charge, Hannah at Flare Clothing asked me to put together a quick blog on how to get through the dark time that is injury time. Seeing as I’m no stranger to injury she’s picked the right person! Thanks fully Hannah is fine and escaped from her crash with only bumps and bruises. Slightly different for me, this year I have managed to break two bones, that’s one more than last year! Here are my set of tips to help you see light at the end of the tunnel!



  1. Don’t beat yourself up over it

What has happened has happened and there’s no undoing it. My second injury this year was the hardest to overcome as I really felt lady luck has ditched me. But sitting on the sofa, won’t fix you it will just make you a couch potato and seeing as you’re a MTB’er I’m guessing that pretty far from the real you! Write some notes, put it all in perspective and find a way to exercise around your injury to try to keep as mobile as possible.

  1. Set goals

Give yourself both short and long term goals and write them down. Short term goals will more than likely surround your injury so could be progression in terms of movement or strength. Long term could be a race or a group ride you have planned.

  1. Remember you are not the only one

You may feel like you are the only one missing out sat on the side-lines, but you’re not. I was injured around the same time as Jerome Clements was this year, it helps to keep track of another rider you respect and see how they make it through their personal battle. It’s amazing to see how quickly they recover and it great for your own motivation.



  1. Listen to your body

Basically if it hurts rest, if it feels good then use it! I’m not talking about feeling good and going out to conquer that massive drop you’ve had your eye on, I’m talking more like picking up the cup of tea with the broken hand today rather than the unbroken one.


  1. Eat clean

Your body will be working overtime to fix the problem, be it growing new bone or healing bruises. Make sure you help it out by giving it the best possible fuel, cut out the junk food and get on the green veg and protein!


It’s never going to easy, an injury sucks whichever way you look at it but it really helps if you can find a positive in the situation and exploit the extra time you have during enforced rest. I had a lot of time of my hands recently and used it to forge some great new relationships in the bike world, a very good use for the down time. I hope you never have to heed my advice but if you do – heal up soon! :)

Size Guide

Women's Tops

UK USA Bust Hip Length (front)
8 4 87-90cm 96-99cm 53cm
10 6 91-94cm 100-103cm 54.5cm
12 8 95-98cm 104-107cm 56cm
14 10 99-102cm 108-111cm 57.5cm
16 12 103-106cm 112-115cm 59cm
18 14 107-112cm 116-121cm 61.5cm
20 16 113-119cm 122-128cm 65cm

Women's Shorts

UK USA Waist Hip Length (inside)
6 2 70-73cm 84-88cm 34cm
8 4 74-77cm 89-93cm 35cm
10 6 78-81cm 94-98cm 36cm
12 8 82-85cm 99-103cm 37cm
14 10 86-89cm 104-108cm 38cm
16 12 90-93cm 109-115cm 39cm
18 14 94-97cm 116-122cm 40cm
20 16 98-101cm 123-129cm 41cm

Men's Tops

Chest Length (front)
X-Small 87-91cm 55cm
Small 92-95cm 56.5cm
Medium 96-99cm 58cm
Large 100-109cm 59.5cm
X-Large 110-119cm 61cm
XX-Large 120-127cm 64.5cm
XXX-Large 128-135cm 66cm

Men's Shorts

 Waist Hip Length (outside)
28" 69-73cm 84-88cm 60.5cm
30" 74-78cm 89-93cm 61.5cm
32" 79-83cm 94-98cm 63.5cm
34" 84-88cm 99-103cm 64.5cm
36" 89-93cm 104-108cm 65.5cm
38" 94-98cm 109-113cm 66.5cm
40" 99-103cm 114-118cm 67.5cm