I am not an Olympian...but I’ve always wanted to be one. Many years ago, I thought (key word), that I could make the Trials for 2012...of course, this was after a year of great training overseas (Turkey, Germany, and Belgium), and a season where I had not lost a race I competed in...but everything changed when I crushed my left leg in a military accident.
2012, did not happen. Running, did not happen. In fact, I was told I would not walk the same way ever again. With my leg functioning at 37% from the knee down, my heart was broken, and I dealt with quite a few months of sadness, and depression. .
In the military, it isn’t always the easiest to chase dreams, especially “distance running-Olympic” type of dreams. Most often, you train alone, no one wants to train with you, no one understands why you do what you do, there are no coaches, and your mission does not care what you are training for. Many times, I’ve had to dig very deep to train after a 12-16 hour work day, with little to no rest.
I’ve been told many times over, I am no good, I should quit, and I will never make it. Doctors said I wouldn’t walk normally again, I even had coaches give up on me because who really wants to coach a broke (financially), injured, military kid?
It’s 2018...I no longer run, I Race Walk, and I am back...chasing my Olympic Trials dreams! I haven’t fully recovered from the accident, and sadly I don’t have the Kobe Bryant type of money to ever get the medical I need...but I still have heart! .
It is #olympicday and I still have to endure long work days, training alone, finding ways to compete on a very low income, no team to train with, and more, but...if I can make the Olympic Trials standard in an event (50km Race Walk) many make fun of me for competing in...then the past 20 years of being told to quit, but never giving up...are all worth it! STICK TO YOUR DREAMS...no one can tell you otherwise!
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