Holy cow, where to begin??? Full day today–so full I didn’t take a nap!
The day started by going to the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) and hopping in the pool for a nice, loosen swim. They just completed renovations on the pool and it’s beautiful (see the photos in the album “Training adventures”)! I took lots of pics as my older sister swam at the Academy. The pool was like her 2nd home. In addition, it carries a lot of significance for me as I received an appointment to the Academy and was recruited by them my senior year. However, after much deliberation and prayer, I decided to head to Texas and attend Rice University. It was one of the hardest, yet easiest decisions I have ever made. Hard in the fact that I was turning down a huge honor and the opportunity to swim and go to school with my older sister, Lindsey. Easy in the fact that I knew in my gut I was suppossed to go to Rice. Although it didn’t all make sense on paper (taking into consideration my passions, skill set, personality and the monetary side of it), I took the leap of faith and did what I felt called to do.
I believe we all face decisions like this in our lives. You come to a crossroads and have to decide which way to go. Your decision will have a huge impact on your future and life trajectory. You go into it cautiously and carefully seeking wise counsel and guidance. But regardless of how many people give you advice, the decision is ultimately yours. Only YOU can make the call. It’s tough. It’s hard. Usually there are tears and sleepless nights. And a lot of the fear in making those big decisions is in the fact that you don’t know how it’s going to end. There are no guarantees. You don’t know what the future holds. It takes faith. And many times it doesn’t make sense as to all the reasons why, but you know deep down this is the direction in which you should go. So you take the leap of faith; you get out of the boat; you walk on water and trust God is going to hold you up and show you the way.
This is very much what it was like for me April of my senior year in high school. I chose to go to Rice. It was a scary decision and didn’t make a whole lot of sense at the time. But over the next four years I was given small confirmations along the way. YES, this is where I am supposed to be. I am a Rice Owl. But still USAFA has a very special place in my heart and always will.
I have a ton of respect for the thousands of men and women that give up a “normal,” civilian college experience in order to serve our country. These men and women not only are faced with academic challenges, but also physical, mental and military tests along the way. These men and women are the future leaders of our country. They are doctors, attorneys, astronauts, presidents and world class athletes representing the USA on the international stage (aka Dana Pounds Lyon, USA javelin thrower and James Bales, USA triathlete to name a couple). It is because of their sacrifice and hard work that we can freely live the lives we live. To the service men and women, THANK YOU! I appreciate you!
After the swim, Dana and I headed to the weight room to pump some iron. After that it was off to Pei Wei to grab a bite then a run by the house to switch out some gear and grab some nutrition for later on in the day (I eat about every 60-90 minutes–fueling is a crucial ingredient to success!). Then we headed to the Olympic Training Center. I got to tour the facilities with Dana and get the lay of the land before camp starts (it’s awesome having a personal tour guide!!!). We ran into Sarah Haskins there and it was great to see her again! She’s coming off a big win in Minneapolis and is prepping to represent the country in London next month. Go Sarah!
Then I headed back to USAFA to swim with the Academy team. I really enjoyed getting to swim with the cadets and see Coach Casey Converse (my sister’s coach and a personal friend/mentor of mine). Due to the recent renovations, they don’t have the lane lines in yet. So imagine a 50m x 8 lane pool with no lane lines! I got some good open water training in!
Then back to the house for a wonderful chicken-pesto-rice dinner. The Lyon Training Center is awesome! Dana & Dave are great hosts. That’s it for today. I hit it again tomorrow.
All the best from 6000 ft!
To view photos from today’s events, go to the album “Training adventures” in Facebook.