On the evening of May 29th 2007 I lay in a hospital unable to sit up. As I lay there is a dull ache running through my abs I questioned if I would ever be able to swim fast again.
I was recovering from the second invasive surgery I had gone through in 4 months. The surgeons were trying to repair the pelvic instability that had caused a lot of pain through 2006. Pushing your body comes with a price.
Charles Swindoll said, “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it”.
He couldn’t be more right.
Life often feels like an unending series of hurdles. Filled with crap that we don’t choose and don’t deserve. Usually, it’s not fair. And it can quickly take the wind out of your sails.
But if you can find a way to respond positively. Dig up the motivation to keep moving forward regardless. And refuse to give up on what we want out of life, then this week I learned that there is light at the end of the tunnel.
This weekend I became a National Champion.
The last 4 years have been an incredible journey. My dream is only just getting started. But it’s amazing to sit down and reflect for a moment on where you have been on the path to where you are now.
I can’t help but appreciate the challenges. And realize the incredible people that have been there for me along the way. The entire process has helped me learn and grow.
I won both the 100 & 200 Breaststroke this weekend. Setting a new NCAA record in the 200 and took home the 2011 Men’s Swimmer of the year award.
I know without a doubt 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!