I want to first start off by saying THANK YOU! Going to the Olympics has been a long awaited moment, and I cannot believe it has finally come. It has taken years of relentless hard work and patience, and thanks to your support; I was able to make my dream of becoming an Olympian come true. Words alone cannot express the gratitude I have for all of you.
This season has been so positive, and has helped keep the five ring fever burning. It began with a huge PB that made me the 2 nd fastest American ever in the 20km race walk, and then I was 1 st American finisher at the Race Walk World Championships in Italy. I finished at that race with my fastest time yet at a big Championship. Just a week after that race I secured my 5 th consecutive 15km National Champion title. Finally, I was able to punch my ticket and rejoice in the fact that I was going to be competing in Rio. My hopes are to excel and keep up this great streak in Rio.
Leading up to Rio, there is a lot of preparation. I have been planning my travel to Rio de Janeiro, working with my coach on my training plan, obtain the necessary equipment I need and receiving medical treatment to prevent injury. I also have had to increase my treatment of seeing trainers, doctors, massage therapists, and chiropractors to a couple more times a week. Your donations have really helped with these appointments and paying for an extra gym membership to gain access to a pool.
I have not been working the past two months in order to gear up for the trials and for Rio and I am solely relying on my saving at this point to get me through Rio. When the games are over I will be looking to work much more. I am going give it everything I have on race day. I want to represent the Team USA and my home to the best of my ability. I have been working hard to keep my fitness and prepare myself for what may lie ahead. All of my hard work training is still with me from this year, and I have been relentless in my strength and cross training. I feel very confident that I am heading in the right direction to excel at the Olympic Games.
Thank you for believing in me, and helping bring me to this moment. Nothing will ever compare, and I know my success in largely in part due to your generosity. This journey has always been a group effort, and I thank you for being part of that amazing support family.