On the evening of May 29th 2007 I was lying in a hospital bed having just been through a second surgery on my groin.  Apart from wondering how the heck I was supposed to get out of bed to pee, I lay there questioning if I would ever be able to swim fast again.

Charles Swindoll once said,  “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it”.  I’m going to have to go ahead and believe the man. So many times in life we seem to be faced with crap that we don’t choose, or that we don’t deserve. It’s often not fair, but it makes life interesting, it makes life, life. If we respond in the right way and refuse to give up on what we want out of life there is light at the end of the tunnel.

The last 4 years have been an incredible journey. That journey is by no means over with, but is always fun and educational to sit down and reflect for a moment on where you have been. Not only does it help you appreciate what you may have been through, and realize the incredible people that have been there for you along the way, but it helps you learn and grow.

Last week was a great week for the team and I. I swam in four relays (200 & 400 Medley, 200 & 800 Free Relay), three of which scored in the top 16 at the meet. As well as 3 individual events, two of which I won.  My 200 Breaststroke was my last race of the meet, and it was a goody 🙂 If you didn’t get a chance to watch it, Mike recorded it especially for you! Here it is! It was the last race of the meet for me and I am very happy with it. I know for sure that I have more in me, a lot more, and I am excited about what will happen next year.

I have been overwhelmed by the support everyone has shown to me in the last week. Thank you so much for the love! I really appreciate it. I’m headed to South Africa on Saturday for World Championship Trials. I have no idea what I have left in the tank, only time will tell. I’ll keep you all updated!