I've competed in the Olympic Games 5 times. My experiences are immeasurable, my regrets are few....and I wouldn't trade them for all the world!
Sunday, April 5, 2009
THAT VIRTUE CALLED PATIENCE
“Patience is waiting. Not passively waiting. That is laziness. But to keep going when the going is hard and slow - that is patience.”
YourDictionary.com describes the word PATIENCE as follows:
1. the state, quality, or fact of being patient; specif., 1. the will or ability to wait or endure without complaint 2. steadiness, endurance, or perseverance in the performance of a task
I have been having to exercise a fair amount of this ability to wait without complaint, known as patience for the past few months. When I arrived here in Orlando a couple weeks ago, my heel was 100% pain-free and I was as eager as I could be. On my very first day of practice here, on my very last jump that day, I re-bruised my heel! Since then, I have been doing everything I can to work around it and have gotten in as much training as I can, given the circumstances and to Kenta's credit, he has found very creative ways to still ensure that I've gotten in some quality, purposeful sessions.
I've gotten treatment and things are definitely better but I feel like this horse that's rearing to start the race and get out of the gates but the gate won't open so I'm just behind there, rattling around getting somewhat restless. But guess what?? Like John Quincy Adams said, "Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish." And last I checked, there's nothing to be gained from looking at the glass as half empty!
What I do know is that my training is still going well. That I'm REALLY strong right now (I could put Shaq on my back right now and do a couple squats - no problem:-). I'm in shape. I've had the chance to work/focus on my core strength because of my "setback". Best of all, my technique is so improved because I've finally had the chance this year to make that a priority.
I was supposed to start competing this weekend in Gainesville, FL but I couldn't so I just went up with everyone and gave them all my support. My turn will come either this weekend coming or the following one. Congrats to all those who made a statement with their performances:-)
Sooooo.......at the end of the day, I'm gonna keep on being patient and trusting and believing that I will end up at my desired destination. Things might be a little delayed right now but this track season is not a sprint, it's a marathon and I'm putting in a whole lotta miles right now.
(I gotta be like Bruno here and just wait my turn, lol.)