I woke up a bit late today - exactly at 8:30 a.m. - when Coach Mike texted to ask me if I was ready, so the day kind of started off on the wrong foot but righted itself. Breakfast was the same old same old, which is good because you want to make a routine of things to keep consistency. So of course, I had my usual.
Afterward, I had to have new key cards made for my door because none of the old ones worked anymore. But on the flip side, the new ones were the really cool festival ones like my participant pass, so it’s all good. Following my celebration of the cool room keys, my coaches left to go have a day on their own.
While I waited for family members to get here, I watched movies and did rehab. At about 12:30 p.m., my mother, father, sister and her boyfriend arrived, and we walked up 20th street to find a restaurant for lunch.
I suggested the Purple Onion because Coach Fletcher’s wife told him that it was good, because she had eaten there when she lived in the city. The rest of the group agreed; it was ethnic food which I was open to. If you know me, I’m very picky but I thought what the heck, what can it hurt to live a little?
After lunch I went to the Crossplex to do my rehab and daily workouts. After I was done with treatments around 3:30 p.m., my coaches and I stayed around and watched the women’s vault competition. These are some of the most talented and hard working girls I have ever met; they were all amazing.
Following the women’s pole vault, we watched a few of our Conference Carolinas teammates from Limestone in the high jump. After that, we headed back to the hotel and I got a haircut. The coaches then joined my family and I for dinner.
Now that I’m back at the hotel icing and going over what I need to do to be ready for tomorrow, I just want to take a moment to thank all the people that helped me get here. From coaches Wilson and Fletcher, to Coach Nick Whiting and Coach Hauck for supervising in the weight room so often and most importantly the ATHLETIC TRAINING STAFF AND COACH MAC!!!
I wouldn’t even be competing or even walking if it weren’t for the hard work and tireless efforts of every single athletic trainer and even the training students. You guys are awesome and I owe my success to you all.
I am going to give it everything I have tomorrow, and at the end of the competition, I will be able to hold my head high knowing I gave my all for LMC athletics. So long from Birmingham. I hope everyone has a great spring break and stays safe.