Because I weep a little every time people ask follow up questions to this subject, to all my family, friends and supporters, here’s my Rio Olympic Games update…
Let me try this again.
This is my third draft of … my retirement speech?
Nah, I’m kidding. Kind of.
Basically, I’ve been hiding away in my room (despite the beautiful sunshine outside) for the past few days for fear of being seen by anybody. Why? Let me start from the beginning…
This’ll be quick.
Here’s the good news. I jumped my BIGGEST SEASON OPENER EVER on Saturday in El Paso, Texas at the UTEP Invitational meet. It gave me such confidence and excitement leading into the Rio Olympic Games and in my mind I KNEW I’d be there. Especially since I only had three jump training sessions in Arizona under the watchful eye of the ultimate track and field master coach Dan Pfaff to get back to good form again. Here was my series:
|Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Round 4||Round 5||Round 6|
And round 6 is where the bad news comes in.
I completely ruptured my Achilles tendon on the sixth round and I’m on crutches (AGAIN), and I’m arranging surgery (AGAIN) for next week and my Olympic dream is over (AGAIN). Phew. Glad I got that one out. No tears this time.
Anyway, after four consecutive years on crutches and what will now be my third surgery, I think it’s time to call it quits.
I appreciate my friends’ encouragements telling me to keep going, but the way this track and field malarkey has eaten up my resources and my family’s and the heartache it keeps giving me, as much as I would LOVE to have an awesome comeback AGAIN (I feel like I’m living Groundhog Day every summer season), and it kills me inside to know I’m ‘retiring’ without having the title ‘Olympian’ beside my name, I just can’t afford it. So cheers to the start of a brand new season of living!
Funny. I never thought I’d be retiring at 26! 😉
P.S. Pray for me please!