Where to begin on this whirlwind of a weekend?  Well for those of you who want the quick facts on the height I jumped I’ll let you know right off the bat: 3.75m (12’3.75”).  It was my opening height and the only height I made.  I have so many conflicting emotions about the performance it’s hard to put them into words.  For one, I am super stoked to have made an opening height just 10 centimeters less than the best I have ever jumped… But on the other hand, I had much higher expectations on the performance I set out to accomplish.  Sometimes (well okay most the time) it’s hard to maintain my perspective and remember that I have only been doing this for 10 months… but it’s something I’m working on.  I’m finding the balance between where I am at and where I want to be, between maintaining high standards and goals, yet still giving myself grace enough to be a beginner.

I am so thankful and grateful to have been given the opportunity to sit amongst most of the greatest athletes, coaches, and hall of famers the pole vault community has to offer.  There are truly much more deserving athletes who could have been here in my place, but for some reason God decided to put me in this position, and I’m coming away with more knowledge about this sport than I could have ever imagined.  As I process through the extent of the weekend, absolutely everything about it was worth the trip… even if I am not entirely pleased with the in-competition performance.  The disappointment I feel in performance diminishes drastically when I think about the weekend as a whole; and more than anything I am walking away with a whole new fire lit.  The elite pole vault community is unbelievable.  Some athletes have been around for years while others are only a year or two out of college, but they knit themselves together as a community who support one another’s growth.  The athletes were incredibly welcoming and more than willing to share their knowledge and experiences with me, and every single one of them had an encouraging word to offer.  My intent is to walk away from this weekend a stronger and smarter vaulter because of what I’ve learn both on and off the runway.

Thank you friends and family for all your support this weekend.  I am truly blessed to have each and every one of you in my life.  Love you all!