We just got back from USA Tryouts… always great in a way to get them over with. Its always nerve racking no matter how many times we’ve been through it. It was great to get back out on the field with my girls. It’s always fun catching up with everyone and hanging out in the down time. I roomed with Tasha, Cat, and Lappin, good times!
We did testing the first day along with some drill work. We had to run the bases for time and do the beep test. This is what we all look forward to getting through and done with… the conditioning testing. We are always filled with anxiety and nerves before our running testing. We all survived and put up some pretty good numbers especially after the holidays! 🙂
We split up in teams and played games the rest of the week. It was as though it was one of my first tryouts… the butterflies were there. Good butterflies, the butterflies you love and train for! It felt so good to get back out on the field! My love of competing and the game still continues to grow. I don’t know how but it does, growing more and more. Driving down to the training center I was filled with so many memories. The position our sport is in the with Olympics and all, this could be the last time we are able to train at the Olympic Training Center. It is such a beautiful place and an incredible training facility. We have known to love the staff there and we know it as our home. We started out having to drive to fields then was so blessed with our own field being built on site… its immaculate!
I tried to leave the emotions at the gate and just enjoy the week. I did, but still the emotions were there. So many years, weeks, days, tryouts, workouts, conditioning, hours in the dining hall, nights, meetings, relationships made… so blessed we are/I was/I am to be able to have these special memories! Going back to when they posted the team on a door (the worst walk ever, walking to see if your name is on the list). Now they send out an email a couple days after, thank God! So many great times with my teammates and Coaches.
Going at it, as each time I’m on the field, knowing it could be my last as I get older. Soaking it up, each precious moment!
We find out tomorrow if we make the team, I’ll let you know!
Thank you to all the players, staff, Coaches, so many people who have made my career and life so enriched! I am forever grateful and so very appreciative!
Dreaming & Believing!