There is no denying I’ve had a rough start to my 2012 season. I mean…I could deny it, but too many darn people know how to use the internet these days. Unfortunately this past weekend in New York was not the turnaround I had hoped for and after the meet I was just so darn frustrated that I was forced to do the only thing that made sense at the time…devour a cheeseburger, fries, and milkshake.
(sidenote: This random, hole in the wall, total dive of a place was located inside the uber-swanky Le Parker Meridian Hotel that we were staying at. It was literally hidden behind a curtain with no markings at all besides that tacky florescent hamburger with an arrow. All they served were burgers, fries, and shakes. Perfect. Why it was there, I have no idea. But seriously, one of the best hamburgers I’ve ever had.)
All jokes aside, it’s a tough place to find myself in. I have big plans for this year and I know that the task in front of me is no easy one. I had hoped to start off strong this indoor season and continue to build on that foundation. But four meets in and I’m not anywhere near where I should be. Earlier today I was speaking with a trusted confidant about what my results were in my last few competitions and how New York capped off a completely lackluster indoor campaign. He responded with…“I’m sorry.”
And as much as I wanted to go there…feeling sorry for myself, allowing my frustrations to build, beginning to get down about the state of my season thus far… I won’t. So I told him the only time you need to say sorry is if I wake up on July 2nd and I’m not an Olympian. That’s my goal for this year, that’s what I write down each and every day when I wake up and before I go to bed to remind myself what I’m working towards, and ultimately that’s all that matters to me in 2012. Yes, I want to do well during my competitions in February. Yes, I want to feel confident in my training and preparation thus far in the season. But if that’s not what I’m experiencing, then I’ll use this feedback to make the changes I need to make. But I won’t be sorry. And neither should you…