Happy belated Easter everyone! Hope you got to enjoy time with family and friends and had a nice recharge for the upcoming week. We were traveling back from our conference meet yesterday, and it’s time to let y’all know how things shook out…
Well, we didn’t get the results the we wanted. In a tight-as-hell race for the #1 team in the conference, we were only 15 points out of first place (first place in each event is worth 10 points, 2nd 8, 3rd 6, then 5-4-3-2-1) but ended up coming in at third.
Too much choking and not enough stepping up.
We had a great showing from our more “ballsy” competitors–they beastmode 800 runner I told you about came in first in both of his events and added a first in the 4×400.
I surprised many by COMPLETELY outperforming my “projections” from the performance list to take 3rd in the javelin with a HUGE PR (52.11 meters), and managed to take 3rd in the 400 (disappointed in the finish, but I brought the nuts and left it all on the track), and helped CRUSH the competition in the 4×400.
We had a guy take 2nd in the 400 meter hurdles and place in the triple jump (was also not projected to do that well and BROUGHT IT when push came to shove; also had an awesome leg on our 4×400). And we had a freshman WIN the conference title in the high jump who also added a great leg to our dominant 4×400 squad.
Funny how the four individuals on our 4×400 team (that absolutely shattered the rest of the competition by over 65 meters) made up a majority of our points from the weekend.
We came to compete, brought everything we had, and outperformed the expectations others had of us. I’m so proud of the guys and girls on the team that did the same and gave it all they had.
Sadly, we had more people “choking” and under-delivering when it counted most. I love my teammates, and no one wanted to lose, but I’ve got to admit that some of the performances that cost us a lot of points came from individuals who just didn’t have the intensity, didn’t bring the “eye of the tiger”, and maybe just expected to show up and win.
It’s not that easy.
Show up unprepared, and you’ll suffer the consequences.
Put in the work, and show up with your game face on, and it’s anybody’s game. There’s no shame in losing if you compete AND prepare like a champion.
Your choice. Don’t make the wrong one. Put up or shut up.
Note: “Trying hard” in the games and losing doesn’t excuse a loss if you were unprepared and didn’t put in the work to be the best you can possibly be in competition. That’s just as bad as not showing up at all.
You know what they say, the only time success comes before work is in the dictionary.
Train like a DUNGEON badass, and compete with no regrets.
Until next time…