I’ve said it a thousand times and will say it again. New Englands is one of my favorite meets of the year. It’s so nice to see everyone at the end of the year and watch the improvements everyone has made. I love talking to the athletes, coaches, officials, parents–it’s just a great weekend.
I had a strong feeling that things were going to come together. I can’t describe that feeling or how I knew it was going to happen, but with the way I had been jumping for the past two weeks I knew a PR was in my future. This was the last opportunity of the season to make it happen. I was jumping on a 12′ 150, my runway was a little off (which was very unusual for me) but I didn’t let it bother me. It was time to leave everything on the runway and just JUMP. I came in at 10’6″ and cleared every jump first attempt–including a new PR of 11’6″! I surprised myself. It felt amazing! It was the perfect way to end a crazy season. I do need to work on not psyching myself out when the bar goes up though…
SO, I survived my first year at UMass. I expected to be alive at the end, but I sure didn’t expect to be so beat up! As crazy as this year was this was one of the best years of my life and I’m VERY happy with my decision to transfer. I have such a positive network of people around me and I feel very blessed. I’ve made great friends, had a lot of fun, and also achieved a lot of my personal goals–I still need to make 12feet though! But I have a feeling that will be sooner than I think.
Well, it’s summer. Now what? I’m really excited to start training again and compete a few times this summer. I’m also moving into my apartment soon with a few former UMass vaulters for the summer in South Deerfield, MA (about 15 minutes from campus). I’m still looking for a job. But of course I’ll be sure to make time for all the fun summer activities.
But have a great summer, everyone! And good luck to those still competing! :-)