At the beginning of the month, I flew to Virginia Beach for the USATF Annual Meeting. I wasn't too sure how the meetings were going to go. I held out hope and I was pleasantly surprised. The annual meeting was great! Now, I could probably type up a novel about what happened at the meetings, but I will give you a shortened version to save time. There was lots of talk about funding, lots of talk about the new CEO, and lots of talk about change within USATF. I hope that all their promises materialize and that there will be beneficial change for the athletes within USATF.
Besides lots of meetings, I got to fit in some extra "give back" work. On Thursday, my BFF, Kara Patterson and I, along with Allyson Felix and David Oliver volunteered to speak to a huge group of kids with the "Win with Integrity Program". I loved it as always, and I am always amazed by their questions. The most common is, “Do you ever want to quit?” I am sure you can guess what the answer is. :)
I was very happy the USATF takes into account that the athletes still have to train while at these meeting. There was an awesome boxing gym right across the street from the convention center. After the meetings, we could head right over to the gym for a seriously fun workout.
The last night of the meetings was the Jesse Owens Award Banquet. It was amazing. Congratulation to David Oliver and Allison Felix for being Athletes of the Year. The food was amazing and the company was even better.
I flew home on Sunday and was right back into training and more volunteer work on Monday. I really enjoyed helping out at the Al Joyner Celebrity Golf Tournament. It was great to meet all the people who came out to support Al Joyner and his track club. It was also pretty awesome to drive around the course making sure everything was in place.
The next day, more volunteer work. I was off to Target for the Junior Seau’s Shop with a Jock event. Athletes from all over San Diego came out and shopped with kids from all around the city. I was paired up with a little boy that made sure his brothers and sister would have a gift under the tree. It was great to watch the kids eyes light up as they walked around the store without a worry on their mind.
The rest of the week was filled with training and meeting with Mike and Allen from SHOOTmedia. They are great guys and I look forward to what they have in store for me. I guess you can call them my “media agents”.
With Christmas right around the corner, I have been helping my Grandmother get the house ready, wrap all the gifts up, shop for more gifts, bake some cookies, shop for last minutes gifts and then head to the post office to ship them all off. (Note to all: Use the POST OFFICE if you are shipping to Alaska or Hawaii) - learned that the hard way.
Training has been going great. I am getting stronger in the weight room, my body is getting used to some new cues in the ring and my body is almost keeping up with me. I hurt my wing last week while benching, but it should only take few weeks to heal. In the end, it will be better than ever :)
I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and an amazing New Year!