No Category selected Tuesday, June 24, 2008

    Tuesday, June 24, 2008

    Track and Field is most commonly referred to as an individual sport. When informed I was now a track athlete, an old volleyball coach of mine told my current coach that it was no surprise, because (according to this individual) I suited an individualized sport better. I remember feeling a great deal of resentment when Carla shared that with me. And maybe a part of me actually worried that the statement was true …maybe I was best at only worrying about myself…
    That feeling didn’t last long, and today was yet another reminder as to just why I know reality often differs from perception.

    One of my other training partners, was in fact not at practice yesterday and hence, had not yet heard the troubling news about un-met standards. One of the other girls in our group decided to email her at work and let her know …
    This didn’t go over well in my mind. Needless to say, she was upset. And without a coach in sight to help her deal with her new situation I did my best to console her … but I soon remembered that I am in that same boat…

    No matter what happens though, we will be okay.

    The point is that it doesn’t matter that we run in separate lanes, jump and throw at different measurements, or even warm up alone at a competitions – we’re literally all in this together. No matter what level we’re training at we all are share an emotional investment to athletics that should always be appreciated as a group sport.

    Today’s practice was speed-hurdles: Once over 3 hurdles, once over 5 hurdles, once over 7 hurdles and then a straight-up 200. My legs were feeling fast, my push over the hurdle aggressive, and my speed was in a good time range. Unfortunately those things don’t guarantee a great hurdle race. The clichéd phrase “don’t sweat the small stuff” need not apply – athletics are primarily based on all the small stuff – so we sweat it.