Life is full of disappointment and crushed dreams

American Flag at Chimney Rock
Two days ago at Chimney Rock.


Today i begin the official process of canceling my flight to Lyon, France. Scheduled to leave in six days.

It’s not gonna happen.

i will not be able to represent the United States of America in the M55-59 age group at the 2015 Masters Track & Field World Championships.

Life is full of disappointment and crushed dreams. It’s our job to find the blessings in the ashes.

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Stay calm and follow the plan

Foot x-ray
Three weeks ago – Doc said, “Keep doing what you’re doing, everything looks great”.


You make a plan based on current data and realistic, yet ambitious, goals.

i leave for Nationals tomorrow. Based on yesterday’s ankle pain, competing seems impossible.

i ask myself, “Why don’t you cancel your trip if you are in pain?”

Watching this Olympic video clip makes the answer self-evident.

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The results aren’t happening fast enough

Space Mountain from Monorail
We have mountains to climb – it’s part of being human


Nursing incredibly untimely injuries is a huge challenge to staying the course.

When we have too many disappointments for too long, the devil’s temptation to just say, “It’s not worth it, I quit” becomes much more appealing.

It’s too hard.

It’s taking too long.

The results aren’t happening fast enough.

I’m tired of the pain and disappointment.

Blah, blah, blah.


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National Championships in 2011

Missed it last year too…

The 2011 Master’s Track & Field Indoor National Championships will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, March 4-6.

I will not be there.

Of course, this is a trivial issue for all of you. In fact, I’d go as far as saying, unless you’re my Mother, you don’t care.

That’s okay, we can still be friends. But let this “disappointment” be another one of many, in the quest for an impossible goal.

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