The 2011 Compeed Golden Gala was my best competition of the year. It remains the only A standard distance I've recorded in the qualifying period (after May 1, 2011). Rome this year was terrible, however, and I'd rather forget it.
I had been in Europe for nine days by the time competition rolled around on Thursday, and I felt pretty good. I had a throwing session on Monday in which I focused on staying closed as I got my left foot down quickly, and it was pretty successful! In warm-ups Thursday, I did the same things, stayed relaxed, and felt very positive walking out to the runway. Alas, I finished seventh with an embarrassing distance that I'm choosing to ignore. I tried too hard in the competition instead of slowing things down and hitting good positions when the first few throws didn't go well, and I'm moving on!
I spent last season wallowing in self-pity after each bad competition, and while I allowed myself about an hour on Thursday to be upset and BBM back and forth with my Mom and Russ (who are both amazingly comforting when I'm being miserable), I refuse to repeat last year's mistakes. Rome was only one meet, and I'm better than that and will accomplish much bigger things this season! Do I regret disappointing myself and the people who got me there? Yes, but losing is a part of sports, and I need to be done apologizing (to others and myself) for and dwelling on things long after they are over. My plan is simple; relax, believe in myself and get better.
I'm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina this week, staying at Jeff and Elaine Gorski's house until I go to New York on the 7th. I'm excited to be here adjusting to east coast time and working with Jeff, who has been a part of my career literally since it began eleven or so years ago. We had a good throwing session this morning at Duke University (thanks, B.J.!) with Adam Burke, and I'm really looking forward to the massage they set up for me tomorrow. :)