Reflecting on Regionals
Regionals – Just a Piece to the Puzzle
First I want to say my biggest and most sincere THANK YOU to everyone who supports me on the daily and especially those who came out to regionals in Del Mar…I HEARD you!! You have no idea what the power of your cheers and encouragement did for me those days! Which leads me to why I am writing this blog. I want to share a little piece of my heart with you. Regionals was a roller coaster- I knew it was going to be, I expected and prepared for it. What I didn’t prepare for was the growth and the tremendous gratitude I would experience from it.
Truth be told, I went into regionals nervous as F#%K! Not because of lack of training or feeling unprepared, but because I had to trust my body. My body that is still recovering and has a new injury. I am a year out from a C6-C7 fusion, a surgery that could have potentially changed the course of my life forever. I have worked so hard to regain my strength, and unfortunately the nerve damage I have will take a little longer to recover from. Not to mention the current state of both my shoulders.
I listened to my surgeon and coaches as we worked through my recovery and the only thing that would have made things better would be more “time under tension” more time to recover before the competition. I did exactly all I could do and now it’s time to continue my recovery and keep getting stronger.
I’m not going to lie…the first three events left me in a little bit of a dark place. I was hurting, I was upset and I felt like I was letting my coaches down. I had a decision to make, not only for the rest of the competition, but a decision that would ultimately help me grow as a person. I could allow adversity to suffocate my spirit and drive, OR I could choose to use it as fuel. It was a CHOICE, an actual decision that needed to be made. I was able to recognize that with the help of my coaches, Justin Su’a, friends and family (seriously I have the greatest support network ever). So…I decided….I decided to let it sink in, to feel all the feelings, to use them to grow beyond the numbers or the placement. You all saw what happened after that, you saw that my performance changed, but what you couldn’t see was that my spirit and my focus changed too. It’s absolutely amazing what can happen after just a shift of perspective. My performance improved, my attitude improved, my overall sense of accomplishment improved. I was able to see just how far I have come, and although I wasn’t performing where I knew I could or where I had before, I accepted where I was and decided to use everything else as drive and motivation.
So today, I am writing this to first of all thank you for your love and support, but also encourage you to look at challenges or adversity in your life (past or present) and use them to help you grow and learn. Use them as FUEL to light your fire and burn BRIGHT my friends!