Honestly, the start of the season was pretty rough. I was a little zapped from the 2010 World Cup and Olympic chaos. It was a good chaos, but chaos nonetheless.
I was frustrated, I couldn't keep up with anyone on the bike, and I was running like a 10 ton tank. On top of all that I was still dealing with the loss of my mother. By the time fall came around I just came to grips with the fact that skating just might not be too stellar this year. I became determined to keep my outbursts at bay and just go with the flow.
Boy did I have the surprise of my life when I came out on top at the World Cups! I came out a winner and topped it off with November Athlete of the Month.
God sure does keep things interesting! I never know what he's going to pull out of His sleeves.
I DO know that there were a lot of lessons over the past 6th months. Most of them were on patience, perspective, and staying quiet enough to hear His voice. Selfishness and frustration can be so deafening.
When the drive for success gets loud I really need to stay focused on the calm. Things like "why didn't I get that?", "that's not fair", "I wish this would've happened" are so cloudy.
I'm very excited to tackle these new goals. They are not necessarily goals of higher placement, but mental goals. I guess we'll see how it goes this second half of the season with slightly higher pressure.
Starting tomorrow is the US Championships followed by our Regional Qualifier for the World Allarounds. I've been eating cookies, not actual food, for the past several days over Christmas...so we shall see how much trust I can muster up! It was not looking so pretty at this morning's practice.