The last time I got a chance to breathe and sit down and blog was right before the World Masters- Since the World Masters ( which were in May) I have been to Budapest, Denmark, El Salvador, Mongolia and Canada! I might have spent a total of 10 days at home so far this summer!! I feel like I have been competing almost every weekend, and It is good to be able to come home, recharge, and to just focus on training. I have a solid five and a half weeks of training before I compete in my third World Championships. This year the World Championships are being held in Astana, Kazakhstan.
It is crazy to think that the Olympics are a year away and everyone is running around the world chasing tournaments, trying to catch as many points as possible so This year, has not been so hot for me, but I believe in my training and all the work I have put in and I will be back on the podium again!! I love what I do and eventhey can qualify and guarantee their spot on the Team.
though this sport tends to knock you down (literally) I have every intention to get back up and keep fighting. I have not given up on myself, and I believe my time will come.
Last week I had the opportunity to compete at the Pan American Games! The Pan American Games is like a mini Olympics but it is only held for the countries located in North and South America! This was my first experience of “the games”! It was an amazing opportunity and a great experience! The games is for all sports, and you live in an athlete village where everything is centered around the comfort of the Athlete. There is a game room, medical staff, a huge cafeteria with all sorts of food, free coca-cola products, and you get sweet gear! USA is sponsored by NIKE- So I have a whole bunch of new USA Nike gear to wear around- and it looks great! I also got to experience my first opening ceremonies, and I got to walk out with the United States in the huge stadium with thousands of thousands of people! I think I was even shown on ESPN! I can’t even explain the feeling, when you walk out and there is music and people yelling and cheering- everything just feels worth it! These people are here to cheer you on and support you! I almost felt like crying when I walked out there!
I fought for bronze at this competition, and ended up losing by two shidos (penalties) to the 2015 Pan American Champion Del Torro of Cuba! It was heartbreaking to be so close to the podium, I honestly can’t wait to feel a medal being placed around my neck! I might even cry when it happens. All the sweat, tears, and hard work I have put in the last months will truly be worth it.
Now that I am back to the real world, I really miss the athlete village life… waking up and having breakfast already made for you, and walking next door to the gym was so convenient. The only thing that the village needed was a Starbucks- then I would have been all set. But it’s nice to be home, and back to my training routine, and focusing on the biggest event of the year.
My life mainly consists of lifting, running/sprints, judo in the morning, tanning by the pool, iced coffee and judo in the evening. It might seem like an easy life, but by the time our evening session is over I am complete toast, even driving home from practice is a chore and I live 5 minutes away!
I am working hard, I am training smart, and I have a goal. No matter what people say about my results this year I am going to keep going. All I can control is what I do, and if I strive to improve every day – the results will come.
“Success is not the key to happiness, happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” – Albert Schweitzer