It’s about that time. Competition time, that is. This weekend I begin my short, but hopefully successful indoor season. There are years when athletes take Indoors less seriously than others, being that it’s not quite the same as our outdoor season and the major competition we are preparing for that year (Olympic Games or World Championships), but in an off year when there is no major outdoor championship, making the Indoor World team seems to take on a bit more importance. This year I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to compete indoors, and so I got off to a little bit of a late start with my preparation. But I feel good, and after this weekend I will have a better understanding of where I am. Here is a quick rundown of the couple of meets I will be making an appearance at.
January 30th – Flagstaff, Arizona: This meet will be my opener. I usually try to start my season at a low-key meet, where there is hardly any pressure and I can just compete and get the first-time butterflies out of the way. Of course I must pay out of pocket to go to a meet like this, but such is the life of a long jumper.
February 7th – Moscow, Russia: I am making a round-trip, west coast to eastern Europe trip to do just one meet. If it sounds a little crazy to you, rest-assured it sounds just as crazy to me. I was hoping one of the stateside meets would end up picking up my event (cough…Boston), but alas, this did not happen. So in order for me to actually get paid to work, I must fly 20 hours. It’s fine though. I’ve always wanted to visit Russia in the winter. :/
February 20th – Birmingham, England: I’ll be going back over the pond to do another meet before Nationals. Normally, I would have liked to stay in Europe and just compete in more meets, but they were just too spread apart to make it worth it. More frequent flyer miles for me!
February 28th – Albuquerque, New Mexico: Indoor Nationals will finally not be in Boston. (Thank God!) I get to buy myself a nonstop Southwest ticket and call it a day! My plan right now is to just compete in the Long Jump because I really would like to make the World team. Unlike outdoors, the Indoor team is just the top 2 finishers.
If all goes according to plan, this year World Indoors will be in Doha, Qatar, and I will be making that trip mid-March. I have no idea if the Middle East is a winter wonderland at that time of year but I’m excited to visit anyway. I plan on updating along the way and I kindly ask for your prayers and well wishes during this time.