Well, it sure has been a while and I am embarrassed to admit why. I wish I could say I’ve just been really busy, had writers block, or no motivation to blog. The truth is I was so overjoyed with the way that my season was going that I was hesitant to take the time to really sit down to think and write about it because I was scared to jinx it. Yes. Jinx it. I know, I know. What am I? Eight? But now with the season complete, I am ready to write!
In every meet this season, I attained a personal best or season best in at least one event I competed in. For me, this constant improvement was a huge deal. I am someone who has improved at a painfully slow rate over the past few years so unfortunately, coming home from a competition disappointed became the norm and being genuinely happy about a result became a rarity. To see improvement in every single meet and to be happy with my performance so often was very exciting and refreshing for me. I know improvement like this is hard to experience in this sport (like Einstein once said, insanity is doing the same thing over and over and always expecting a better result!), so I really just appreciated every second of my indoor season and tried to take it in as much as possible.
At the OUA championships a couple of weeks ago, I was at an all-time high. I won long jump with a personal best of 5.98m and ran a personal best split of 24.9s on our bronze medal winning 4x200m team. Triple jump was not even half an hour after the relay, so after having a good series of jumps and winning gold, I was very excited for what I was capable of at CIS on a fresh and recovered set of legs! Our team finished second at OUAs in the overall team rankings which is the best we have finished in quite some time, and I was later honored with the award of OUA field event athlete of the year. This all set me up perfectly going into CIS and I truly felt like I was about to do something special.
Unfortunately, CIS did not go as I planned. It is disappointing to finish off such a great season with a sour taste in my mouth but that’s exactly why you can never get too comfortable in this sport. It is exactly why you should cherish every moment of being at the top of your game. Although I am grateful to be able to walk away from CIS with a gold medal in triple jump, I am disappointed in how I jumped and my performance on our 4x200m relay team. I really don’t know exactly where I went wrong this weekend, but all I know is that I am just incredibly grateful to be happy with my season overall, because that is something I have not been able to say for a few years now.
And so my indoor season comes to an end! I am so grateful that there was mainly good, and just a little bad. And as for the beautiful? I really needed this. I really needed a solid few months of consistent contentment with my performances. Last season took a serious chip out of my confidence and these past few months built me right back up. My love for this sport has been reignited because I have been reminded of why the tough times of plateau are worth it. I have been reminded of why I keep fighting. People always say there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. For years, I only saw that light in brief glimpses. I just spent the past few months bathing in that glorious light called self-improvement and it feels absolutely wonderful!
Thank you to my coaches, family and friends for supporting me all season long and special shoutout to my Pa for coming all the way to Edmonton to watch me jump and run! I can’t wait for more of the beautiful this outdoor season. For now, I have a week off of training. Someone pass the Cheetos!