A Conversation with Justin Posey
Sometimes there’s a rider who is a champion of our hearts, inspiring us to believe that no mountain is too high, no obstacle too great. We want to see him succeed because of his goodness and perseverance. In 2016 that rider is Justin Posey.
At the recent SSA race in High Springs, FL, I had a chance to catch up with Justin, and watch him dive back into the racing action for the first time since his devastating accident last August in Colorado.
Here is our discussion.
Heather: You’ve come a long way in the past six months. What were the greatest obstacles you had to overcome during the recovery process?
Justin: The biggest thing for me was just getting out of pain. The amount of pain I was in for a few weeks was unreal. I knew that the crash was over and done with and the only thing I could do was move on, get out of pain, and get back to what I love. There have been some hurdles that I’ve had to jump through during the recovery process but everyone in my corner has pushed me to be the best I can be. Getting on the track for the first time was like a kid on Christmas. You realize what’s important once you don’t have it anymore.
Heather: In addition to your wonderful mom, who else helped you through the lowest times?
Justin: There have been a lot of people that have helped me out through this injury. But my girlfriend Melissa was probably the most important person in this entire process. My mom was always there to take care of me, but there was a difference between them. My mom will always love and care about me, but Melissa was able to keep a smile on my face and keep my spirits up. She was there to lay with me in the hospital bed, make jokes, and even when I didn’t have teeth, care about me and lift me up. My psych Jason Richardson, and many other friends and family that I can’t even begin to thank helped out a ton, but these three people definitely helped me the most.
Justin’s adorable girlfriend Melissa Fowler is on the US Women’s Rugby Team! How cool is that?
Heather: I know there were other injuries leading up to ‘the big one.’ A tough year like that can be a life changer. How have you changed?
Justin: I’ve had many injuries in the past. Including last year when I also broke my tailbone, and fractured my ankle in June along with my “Big Injury”. But nothing like this injury. This injury was different. Again, I truly just wanted to be out of pain. I didn’t even care about training or racing, I just wanted to feel like a normal human being again. But these times seem to bring out the best in us. You take things for granted. I have picked up reading as a new hobby within the last few months. I used to hate reading with a passion, but I wanted something to stimulate the mind in my down time since I’m not taking any online classes. One of my favorite things to do now is to sit in the sun and read a good book. It seems as if I am able to enjoy the little things in life and take in my surroundings more and more every day. I truly feel like this taught me some maturity lessons and how to continue to push through adversity, even when life pushes you down.
Heather: What do the next few months look like? And the next few years?
Justin: The next few months are going to be crazy. I will be off to ride in Colombia, Brazil, race in Argentina, England, Rock Hill, the Netherlands, Colombia, and the Olympic Trials in hopes of making the 2016 Olympic Team. I’m excited to start traveling and getting back to what I love. It will be a thrilling few months of racing leading up to the Olympics, but I’m truly looking forward to the challenges ahead and what life has to offer. As far as the next few years, I plan to go back to school in the fall of this year to finish out my Business Marketing Degree. The next two years following will be focused on school and USABMX races before gearing up to give the 2020 Olympics another shot.
Thank you Justin for sharing so openly with us. Because of your ability to embrace life’s challenges, you’ve managed to grow into a wiser and stronger man. The determination in your face in Kendal Wong’s photo (top) shows that you are going at 2016 with full-heart, and we wish you a future full of success and happiness.
Editor’s Note: Thanks to Kendal Wong for the photo