A strained left calf injury I suffered last week in training has forced me to withdraw from the championships this weekend.
It is responding well to treatment, but neither Brooks nor myself felt comfortable going out there and gambling on causing further damage to myself. I'm glad I get great advisement from my coach, I know a lot of other coaches would have had their athlete out there competing no matter what. We just didn't want to risk turning something like this into something chronic that could lead to a season or even worse career ending injury.
I realize that you can not be a professional when it is convenient for myself. Being a professional means that you have to make very hard decisions in terms of your career path sometimes. The pendulum doesn't always swing in your favor, it's swinging against me right now, so I will just hang on and ride it out. When things go bad, I always know that it has to come to an end at some point, kind of like when you are doing those repeat 300s at practice, can't go on forever! I know there is somebody that really needs to compete at the Nationals to secure some lanes in Europe that will not get the opportunity to because of injury. Someone always has it worse than you.
This is an unfortunate development, I was really hoping to defend my title successfully, but no one is immune to getting bit by the injury bug. Going to World Championships was the main goal for this season but I can look on the bright side, I have put myself into a position where I can attend any other meet in the world that I would like to go to and I still have the chance to accomplish other goals I have set for this season.
I will miss getting to see my favorite people at USATF, Susan, Melissa and Sandy unfortunately.
I will just sit back and heal up and get ready for the European season this summer with my first competition being in London at the end of July.
I'm really hoping Aub, Joel or Ronnie Ash can find a way to take the spot that I have left vacant for that team in Berlin.
I haven't posted in a while, basically because nothing much has been going on.
I wake up at 8am, go to practice, come home eat and lay around watching TV and on the internet the rest of the day. That's been it in a nutshell.
I was suppose to leave today to go race in Berlin this Sunday, but I had some hamstring tightness last week in training and Brooks said to heck with racing, so I'm not going to compete. I wish I could have run, but this race in Berlin is not the important race in Berlin. That will happen in a few months.
So I've just been training and getting ready for the trials at the end of the month. I will run somewhere next weekend though. I'm feeling like a caged animal, I want to compete, but I think Brooks knows that and is keeping me locked down.
Can't you just feel the excitement building? It's about to get real in them streets!!
Me and little Brooks hitting the ice bath today after a tough workout. Combine that workout with 100 degree heat, getting in 45 degree water doesn't hurt so bad!
I have been meaning to post this for a while, but thanks to Cory and his staff for helping me to commemorate my Olympic Trials/Olympic Games experience. Him and his staff took a lot of time and effort putting together these shadow boxes for me. It took them about 2 1/2 months, they did a great job.
Thanks fellas, now if I can only get my commendation certificate back from you guys! LOL