I'm living that fear right now. I have minor arthritis, and it's been leeping me from training for the past 6 months with any seriousness. I actually just noticed I'm starting to get a spare tire, again. I'm hoping to get my insurance with a new company sqaured away, so I can get my shoulder fixed, and then start rehabing my leg as well. Shoulder has arthritis, leg still yet to be full diagnosed. It's just always sore, like a shin splint. ut after this much rest, it still hurts intermittently...
BUT>>> I WILL NOT FAIL, NOR STOP TRAINING, OR CONTINUE TO GROW IN THE WRONG DIRECTION!! I made my mind up on that already, and that's the most important part. I will heal, and I will reach my goals. No matter how long it takes, I will climb the mountain, and piss on those who held me back.. er, well, not piss on my own leg and shoulder, but you can't get the point.
Mt Snow, VT - May 5, 2012 - Completed!
...i remain, he who remains to be...