Tuesday, June 30, 2009

TRIP TO EUGENE


So I got back late on Sunday from my trip to Eugene and the US Track and Field Championships. I'd have to say all in all I had a pretty good time. I got to see so some of my friends, many of whom I hadn't seen in quite some time, particularly because I haven't been competing. I shared a hotel room with one of my really good friends and a former training partner, Robyne Johnson. She's currently the head coach at Boston University. We had a lot of fun catching up and reminiscing on all the shenanigans we used to get into. No need for detail:-)


Me and Robyne

My girl Steph Durst who had been running really well over in Europe in preparation for the Championships unfortunately injured herself the week prior by running in a hole at practice and severely twisting her ankle. She was hoping that there would have been some significant improvement while she was there, but this was not to be and so she was unable to compete. I spent some time with her and tried as best I could to point out the "silver lining", that once she gets better in a couple weeks, that she can just go to Europe and run as many races as she likes as she doesn't have to peak or taper in preparation for Worlds. So therefore she can just rack up the cash and let the season ending World Athletic Final in Thessaloniki, Greece be her World Championships.

I also hung out with my friends, 110m hurdlers Ryan Wilson and Kai Kelley, my friend Ross, the Sport Psychologist for USA Track & Field and also my friend Celia who is former sprinter Jon Drummond's wife. I spent some time with Coach Brooks Johnson and it was great to see Aub and Joel again but my trip certainly was lacking the presence of the one and only DO. I am convinced that he would have been National Champion again, no doubt about it. Not to worry though, the crux of the European season awaits him and all the other athletes that suffered untimely injuries - Hyleas Fountain, Bryan Clay, my girl Steph, maybe Walter Dix (although I'm not too sure on the severity of his hamstring injury) and all the others who simply were just unlucky.

I decided to leave on Sunday because this was supposed to be a fun trip for me and given my current situation, I don't think it would have been fun to watch my own event, that being the women's Long Jump. I'm a huge track and field fan but I've never liked watching the long jump. It doesn't matter that I'm not American and that I wouldn't have been vying for a spot on this team. It only matters that it makes me anxious and wistful and pretty much uncomfortable to sit there watching others do what I've done for so many years. And this is not a new thing that's come about since I've been injured, it's always been the case. Just not my thing. Congrats however to Britney Reese, Brianna and Funmi Jimoh on some excellent results and I wish them all the best in Berlin.

Track and Field is a cut-throat business. There are no second chances. No do-overs. You're either ready physically and mentally on the day or you're not. End of story. I've often wondered if the US shouldn't implement the team selection policy that both Great Britain and Jamaica employ, that being where the 1st and 2nd place finishers are guaranteed their spots on their respective teams and the third spot, while often going to the 3rd place finisher, is ultimately left up to the discretion of a selection committee so that clear medal contenders such as Dave, Hyleas and Bryan who for all intents and purposes will be perfectly healthy come Berlin time, don't get left off teams because of an untimely minor injury. There are pros and cons to either process and the debate could continue on forever without resolution.

Congrats to all those who made the team and congrats to my Bahamian teammates as well who participated in our own National Champs this weekend as well. Lord knows I wish I could have vied for a spot myself, but this was not my path this year. I guess my tally of World Championships that I've qualified for and competed in will remain at 9 (3 time finalist) and you know what, I'm ok with that.

7 comments:

anonymousnupe said...

You really need to stop teasing us with the throwing out of a potentially salacious topic and then not expounding on it! The "shenanigans" this time, and what was it, a mime or something like that last time? LOL!!

And speaking of no do-overs, one of the saddest sights--and this may only be the case at high school meets--in those events where one false start gets you tossed! I hate that!! It happened to two great kids this past indoor season...IN THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP MEET, NO LESS...and the young lady who was a victim of the rule cried for the rest of the meet.

Glad you had a good time, and your girl Bri did her thang.

So in DO's case, did he win his event last year? (I know I could look it up; just being lazy.) I ask because the announcers did say, right, that the victors from the previous year received a pass, right? Was I hearing that correctly?

Holla.

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

looking good maam as expected

Jackie E. said...

Nupe: I know you don't REALLY want to know the "shenanigans" - what would you think of me then??:-)

And as far as DO is concerned, while you are correct in that he won the Trials last year, the victors the announcers are referring to are those persons who won at the last World Championships which were held in Osaka, Japan in 2007. Every reigning world champ gets a bye into the next world champs two years later. That's why Jeremy Wariner, Allyson Felix, Kerron Clement, Tyson Gay, etc all have passes into Berlin. Their only requirement is that they compete at the Trials in any event, basically to show fitness. The winner of the last world champs in the men's 110m hurdles was Liu Xiang of China so he is the person in David's event who gets the bye. Hope that makes sense.

Torrance: Thanks:-)

anonymousnupe said...

Ahhhh, thanks for clarifying that! Makes sense.

And on that other thing, who would I be to judge? But for PR purposes, it's proly prudent not to go into it. But I am still soooo curious about that mime. LOL!

Robyn said...

with everything esp the injury i always knew youd have better days.

News Revolver said...

Hey Jackie...it's me Marcus.

This is my first comment using my new website information and I just wanted to say that you are still my favorite track and field athlete *smile*

Expect more comments from me on your future posts.

Anonymous said...

Your interests include D.O.M.K

I wonder what that could stand for ;-)