My first time watching a major championship from my couch has me full of emotion and desire to regain the competitive edge necessary to have a different outcome next year. While watching the 100m Finals I came across a few teachable moments.
Professionalism is key:
Carmelita and VCB have been shining examples of handling their business in a very professional manner granting them much success each time they compete. (Although we are discussing the 100 I must say Allyson also has this down to a science: WIN, smile, wave and press on.) I am much more involved in my surroundings taking on roles as ambassador of this or that and chatting with anyone I come across. Even if not negative or stressful these things can be distractions. I can't help the social butterfly that I am but medals are given to the person who runs the fastest not the most social athlete.
Good things come to those who wait...and work hard in the mean time:
Athletes have a subconscious filing of competitors constantly on their radar because you know what they are capable of despite them not having put it all together for whatever reason. Kelly Ann represents this for me. I am inspired by her staying the course and reaping the benefits of patience and perseverance.
Social media is the devil:
Mentoring kids from elementary age to college I often remind them of the dangers of social media and how it is hard to take back what you post in a public forum. I tell them: 'Tone is easily misconstrued when people only have words to read, think before you speak and have your facts straight.' As a professional track and field athlete being home in August means something has gone terribly wrong. Waves of momentary insanity pass thru you causing thoughts such as conspiracy theories to be conjured up. The result are statements made in haste w/ little to no validity. Recently found guilty as charged, I must practice what I preach.
One monkey don't stop no show...neither does the absence of 5 major male players.
There is a lot of coulda, woulda shoulda which should make coverage heading into next years Games very interesting. However, right now Yohan is the world champion and Dix the silver medalist and should be celebrated for their accomplishment. Reality is you never know what's going to happen. That is what makes watching sports exciting in the first place.
Age ain't nuthing but a number:
My favorite part of the men's 100m was Kim collins getting a medal at 35. I remember watching him on the 2003 world team and also a conversation with him in 2009 that made me think his retirement was near. Yet, here he is 8 years later on the medal stand again. This shows being at your prime is only a state of mind and like wine some things get finer with time. :-)
I am so grateful to be a part of such an intense and high profile event and look forward to the story unfolding favorably for me once again based on hard work and knowledge you can gain only by experiences.