Tuesday, January 20, 2009

This is My Life...

Before I begin, I’d like to just take a moment and say what an AMAZING day today is. I have been glued to the T.V., inspired and excited like you wouldn’t believe. God Bless America.

Yesterday kicked off what I refer to as the preseason of track and field, otherwise known as Indoors. Many athletes participate in some capacity during the Indoor season but it doesn’t hold the same significance or importance as outdoor meets, especially if that particular year doesn’t have an Indoor World Championship, as this year doesn’t. I have decided to do a few meets this year and have started earlier than ever before. Due to the fact that I didn’t have any real races last year I thought it was important to get the ball rolling early and work on some of the things I have been learning with my new coach.

So off to Fresno I went. Why Fresno, the armpit of California, you ask? Well the west coast has very limited indoor facilities and Fresno happens to be relatively close. A group of athletes from the training center headed out to get the ball rolling in 2009 and I chose to start the season off sprinting. Last year, this meet was added to the professional Indoor circuit in the U.S and featured some pretty decent prize money and some good competition. I wasn’t invited. We found out early on that the meet had lost its sponsor and would have trouble offering prize money but didn’t learn until very recently that there would actually be none. No worries, I really had wanted my first meet to be more about getting the kinks out and relatively low-key so the absence of money would definitely ensure that there wouldn’t be too many high profile athletes there and not much on the line to get anxious about.

It wasn’t until late the night before that I learned the invitational section of my event had been cancelled due to lack of participants and I would be running in the college section. I didn’t have a huge problem with this except that now it meant a prelim and final and an earlier than desired start time. So I went. I competed. I conquered. I realized I probably wouldn’t have much competition, but I literally beat 2nd place by .26 seconds – which many not seem like much but it’s only a 55 meter race.

I really had no idea if my time was even decent or not, seeing as how indoor races are normally 60 meters instead of 55. So later that night, my training partner and I decided to look up results from this meet last year, where they ran the same distances but actually got paid for their performances like professional athletes should. It turns out that I ran faster than the winner from last year by .05 seconds. Not a whole lot, but considering 1st and 2nd were a virtual tie, they at least had some competition as well as something on the line to race for.

"Wow", she said, "aren’t you excited to know that you ran a decent time and it was faster than the winner from last year!"

No, I’m pissed that they won $4000 and all I got was a $10 dollar meal voucher and some gas money. But that’s my life.


Jon Lustig said...

You're right, amazing is certainly a good word for it. There were even some parts of the speech which I really liked, a nice surprise. Shame about that poem though, sort of brought the expression 'taking the air out of the room' to a whole new level.

I'm sure the thought of that much money hurts a lot, but at least that wasn't really your point in going this time. Besides, as you say, you came, you saw, you conquered. Miles better than the alternative. The trick is taking that wonderful feeling of knowing that you're so much better than your competitors and bottling it up for later.

Daniel said...

Ms. Glenn,
Is this how you will inform your loyal blog readers on what events you intent to contest this year? Bit by bit ...
It's all good.

Jasmine said...

LOL!!! Story of YOUR LIFE!!
I love you and I'm so proud of you.

eclectik said...

The positives are that you got your thing on with speed...

$4,000 woulda went a long way

Just get 8 Next time


And stop racin in yo undies!


Shoulda been out here hangin with me and Barack btw.

Jennie Finch said...

Of course had to be in caps and have exclamation points!

Yay!!! So proud! You need to hit Mizuno up! The Lord is at work! It's/He is within you, you have it!

So proud of you! Need more glitter headbands? :) Keep it up! The money will come, but more importantly you are climbing back up. What a journey!

Love you!

Anonymous said...

decided against the coochie-cutters huh?


t.v. said...

LOL.. Ok, I know I should not be laughing, but this post is funny.

Sometimes you need to test your strength and talent against "fresh competitors". Good to see that you´re still on top of your game.

This should be an interesting year for you. ;)

Kiemie said...

Congratulations Bri!

Things are gonna get better! I have faith. Good luck and may your season be filled with Success and free of injuries!

Lyra said...

I didn't realize that you won! Congratulations Bri! Why didn't you mention this when I talked to you? You need to be a better bragger, or I need to be a more regular reader. :)

kludge said...

Hmmm, do they have sun in the training center? You're looking a bit fair-skinned in that picture :)

LaLa said...

Congrats! Sorry about the $. You got the 3F's though. Fit, Fast and Fine! :)

Daniel said...

Ms. Glenn,
Who'd wear MIZUNO?!

Andre Rafik said...

what kind of shoes are those?

Brianna said...

Brooks...they're pretty tight!

Marcus said...

Congratulations Bri! I just read this post. That must have been a pretty good confidence boost for you.