Behind It All | Olympic Trials Recap
What does it take to make the Olympic Trials? What does it take to make the Olympics? These are two questions that have followed me for the last four years. Not only being asked from those around me, but also from myself. It takes a WHOLE lot of hard f**king work, tons of support, consist training, and pulling everything together at the right time. But when someone ask me those questions, all I can ever muster up is hard work and dedication.
The last eight years of my life I've had one goal: make the Olympic Trials and compete with everything I had. Anything is possible when you get there. I wasn't a favorite or the fastest; so why did I believe so much? Honestly, why not? Why not believe that all the hard work you've put in to get to the Olympic Trials would translate to making the simi-finals or the finals? Call me crazy, but I dream big and have no problem voicing it.
There are hundreds, if not thousands, of us that believe we can make the Olympic Trials. Then only 30-32 (38 this year), that make it in my event. At the end of the day only 8 make the final, and only 3 make the team. Regardless of the number, all 38 of those women who made the Trials this year in the 800m believed that anything was possible. Years of work, a cumulation of sweat, tears, pit falls, joyful tears, and grinding out tough workouts gives you that hope. To every women who stepped on the line at Trials, you are my hero. Regardless of if you made the USA team or not, you fought hard, you dreamt big, and never let anything deter you from your goal. To the 3 women who made the team, what a hell of a way to hold everything together in such an epic race. I am fortunate enough to have a friend, long time competitor, and bird teammate make the team, and I can't wait to cheer on Kate Grace in Rio.
The rest of the trip was just amazing. Getting to meet so many Oiselle Volée, getting on runs with people who just love the sport, and being surrounded by so many women who lift each other up was beyond words. I also got the privilege to run in the Nick Symmonds Springfield Straight 800m. What a different, fun, and fast race to be apart on the roads. Watching all my bird teammates compete their butts off, hurdle water pits like a bad ass, and give everything they had to the end was inspiring to say the least. The trip couldn't have got any better until... Oiselle asked me to be apart of the #TotallyTrials16 fashion show! OH YEAH, that was something I will never forget, because being on the runway at a fashion show is one of my biggest undercover dreams, haha.
As I continue to reflect on my last four years, there's many of things I could of done better, or that I could of handled better. At the end of the day my road to the Olympic Trials played out exactly how it was supposed to play out. Do I wish my dreams of making a simi-final, a final, or a team came true? HELL YES, duh, who wouldn't want that, but as everyone keeps telling me, I'm young, I have time, and there's more out there for me. So I will be riding that wave for the next year, two years, and so on. If you are in the boat of giving up and calling it quits on anything you're pursing for in your life, DON'T! There is time and you must stay patient. Remember that anything is possible, dreams come true and that no matter what hard work does pay off. Thank you all for supporting me in the Olympic year. Now, off season is here and I'm ready to change things up. I'll tell you all that good stuff in the next blog ;).