Hi everyone! It sure has been a while since I wrote a blog post, hasn’t it? Aside from writing a blurb about last months Espanola Wall of Fame Induction, I have been missing in action! Now that I have a minute (or rather, quite a few – I am currently on the 7 hour bus trip home) to sit down and take a breath, I am so happy to write an update!
This semester has been wonderful! Crazy, but wonderful. As I wrote about back in September, I made a commitment to work harder in my academics this year. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always taken my schooling very seriously, but I most certainly have never worked as hard in the classroom as I have on the track, and that really did not sit well with me so I decided to do something about it. This semester I took some advice from my friend Matt and the the results have been tremendous. I utilized office hours, got to know my professors, focused more in the classroom, and I have bumped my average up 5%. It feels really good to work hard at something and see the positive results. It also feels good to have more consistent character – I’m now confident and hard working in many aspects of my life – not just in the athletic realm!
Training has also been great. I came off the base season feeling fitter than I ever have, as my coaches had me doing longer workouts which involved running up to 400m at a time (any jumper’s worst nightmare). Now that we are indoors, we are really starting to get critical with my technique. This is always something that I dread because, like anyone, I find it so mentally exhausting and frustrating to try to break long-standing habits. I find that I over-think things and fall a part. My patience is not the best, so I find it hard to accept the whole “it’s going to get worse before it gets better” bit. In these past couple of months, everything just started to happen naturally. Bad habits that I have always had while jumping just went away without me even thinking about them. I don’t understand how it happened but I’m not going to question it! All I know is that I am extremely excited to start competing in the new year – I am confident that some big things are going to happen for me now that I’m starting to fine-tune!
I am looking forward to a relaxing Christmas at home before heading to Ohio with my team for a training camp.
I hope everyone enjoys the holidays and has a very merry Christmas!