Observing This Time Around

It was another busy week for me, both in and out of the gym.  The combination of my part-time tutoring job, getting settled down after coming back from Japan, and practices have kept me running around the past few weeks.  The fact that it’s also competition season is making things just a bit more hectic.  I’m pretty much on-the-go every weekend with either coaching or judging.  In fact, I just came back from judging at a local competition a little while ago.

However, the big thing that happened this week was that the Winter Cup Challenge took place.  For us, US gymnasts, there are two big domestic meets every year.  The Winter Cup Challenge is held every February, while the US Championships takes place every August.  Both competitions serve as re-ranking meets for the national team.

Unfortunately, given that I’m still rehabbing my knee, I was not able to participate this time around.  After all, I have not had enough time since the surgery for me to be safely competing again.  My coach and I figured that the best thing for me to do right now is to continue to keep the big picture in mind and take the time to fully heal up before returning to competition again.  Our expected return is in the summer for the US Championships.  Despite not being able to compete, the fact that the Winter Cup took place had a fairly large impact on me.  After reading the meet report online, I got even more motivated about returning to the floor again.  While I’m anxious about returning, I have to keep in mind that I need to stay patient and not get ahead of myself .  Nevertheless, training over the next couple of months will be very exciting.

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