Sunday, August 17, 2008

TIME TO GET BUSY!!!

So today is my last day of preparation before my competition starts tomorrow morning. That virus had me down and out for a good 3 days where I was unable to train and literally could not leave my room for 2 of those days. I'm still not 100% but I was able to workout yesterday on some very flat legs. This morning I did a dry run of what I will have to do tomorrow as far as getting up at 6am and getting to the stadium in time and I'm very pleased to say that the "pop" was back in my legs!! Thanks goodness!!

Often times, the body is not an exact science and so we make do the best we can based on past history and past results. I had a feeling that I would bounce back today and thankfully I didn't panic yesterday when I felt as flat as a pancake.

Last night, my training partner Tiffany Ross-Williams got underway in the women's 400m hurdles and we watched her win her heat easily, advancing to the semi-finals. Dave started today. Man was I nervous. I finished my workout in time to get to the stadium and into the athlete's seating section so I could watch first hand. He did what he was supposed to, which was win his heat in 13.30 seconds. His second round is tomorrow. Here's a pic of me, Dave and Tiff at practice the other day.



Some crazy stuff happened in those hurdles today though. The BIG Chinese hope, Liu Xiang, went down with injury and so did USA's Terrence Trammell who looked like he caught a cramp or something. Dave's medal prospects now are even greater than they were already and they were already great! I can't wait to watch the next few rounds and be there to celebrate with both him and Tiff when they come through victorious. Here's a pic of the inside of the stadium empty a few days before the competition started.



Well, say a prayer for me everyone, as I embark on my journey tomorrow. I have done everything that I know how to get my mind and body ready. There are around 44 of us on the start list. Let the chips fall where they may....

PS. I just Venus and Serena walk by....bodies for days, lol!!! Good grief!!

PPS. That men's 100m was OUT OF CONTROL!!! One for the ages! And Jamaica sweeping the women's 100m - their 4X100m relay is going to be insane!!!

32 comments:

Torrance Stephens - All-Mi-T said...

yes it was out of control
sounds like u had a ball folk

anonymousnupe said...

Juiced, I tell you!!! All of 'em! (And I know they don't even play when it comes to that in Jamaica, mon. But Bolt is either half colt or he's on the stuff. And if he's on it, the girls are too!)

Chandra Parker said...

Hi Jackie, I’m so thrilled to find a blog from one of our athletes… We're all cheering for you back home and so happy you got there for your 5th!
All the best,

dessex said...

I'm been tryna to catch u tv but everytime sprinting is on I miss it

Keith S said...

Jackie,

All the best! Take it all in stride. Your best is all that is expected - nothing more or less!

Thanks for the updates and remember we are cheering you on :-)

12kyle said...

bolt could have run a 9.5

easily!!!

eclectik said...

I'm jealous and you are wonderful.

e.

uder's said...

hi. i just found you by coincidence, i like your writing.. it must been cool to be part of the olympic.. youre super cool.. i watch it everyday, as much as i can.. since im working, have fun in beijing on behalf of others who are not there..
peace ^_^

Neers said...
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Neers said...

sayin a lil prayer for you, Jackie!

Dan the Mountain Man said...

I will be praying for you. May you get the Gold. God bless.

Raghuraman said...

cool and i too missed to catch on TV

Kat said...

it's your fifth time? wow how old are you? i think it's amazing you're competing in the olympics again. everyone's so obsessed with the younger athletes but you show em! good luck :)

petra michelle; Whose role is it anyway? said...

I am so proud of you all! What an Olympics! And much luck to you! I will be watching for the outcome!

Michelle Gartner said...

Good luck to you- I found your blog today on blogs of note for today. Blogging is amazing- here I am sitting in Wisconsin drinking my coffee and reading a blog from a world class athlete. It really personalizes the Olympics.
I got a kick out of your comment about the Williams sisters...
Bring back gold and lots of great memories!

Ashley Kay said...

Hey Jackie, good luck with everything!

Ashley Kay
27brokendreams.blogspot.com

The Trooper said...

Wow, you're actually the first Olympian whose blog I'm actually reading, so cheers! And while I'm at it, here's wishing you all the best for your event!

Jackie Barrett said...

Hey Jackie,

Funny...I was texting John yesterday, inquiring as to how you were doing in Beijing and to wish you well. I have been trying to find the long jump broadcast with every time the olympics airs, of course without success. Now I know why...

So anyway, I text brother John - who of course never responds - good grief!...Just kidding! I know that he is busy...ALWAYS :-)

I went online, in an effort to find any update possible, and stumbled across your blog - awesome! Your blog is too funny. Quite enjoyable to read.

So, now I can tell you myself that we are SOOOOOOO PROUD OF YOU! I know your dreams, but keep in mind the accomplishment that you have ALREADY made and been blessed with; just making it there is a task so many can only hope for! You go girl!

I pray that God continues to bless and keep you safe, and reign the desires of your heart on you throughout your competition. He is always with you, through the good and the bad...blood, sweat and tears! :-) Never be afraid, intimidated nor dissapointed, for HE is in control!

Take care of yourself!
Jackie (Briquelle) Barrett

Dan Sypniewski said...

best of luck out there! you know you have the skill, that is why you are there. but being a professional athlete luck is a part of it.

glad you're feeling better I know what its like to be sick the days before the race.

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Anonymous said...

Make it happen! What an experience?

Paselo Writers Cafe said...

Dear Father, we ask that you wrap your arms of safety around your athletes and that you protect them in the days to come that they may show the world your glory! Amen!

The Excuse Eliminator said...

I came across your blog today. I know I and the rest of your countrymen (and women!) will be pulling for you.

My hat goes off to anyone who has the drive and discipline to make it to the Olympics!

the dawn of islam said...

great blog!

OldSkool said...

My Queen, thanks for taking the time out of your hella trainning to give us a peek inside of a true winner, no matter what happens you are a true winner for you have develope you mind body and spirit, it's no wonder you're so Be-you-t-ful

figurin said...

great blog!

sony g said...

internet has really connected the world by one click. i am still cann't believe that i am writing to a 5 time olympion. wish u all the best. i pray this olympic will be the best for u....

OMG OMG: said...

hi, wish you a really happy life in Beijing! Our great China.

And also hope you have a nice impression about our China :-)

BY said...

All the best!
You can do a good job!

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