To say that this past week has been successful would be a great understatement. The Trinity team came to Nationals with the goal of bringing home gold medals and we will be doing just that! For the past 6 months we have all trained hard and I have come to regard 4 awesome ladies and 1 awesome coach as my "gymily"-- my family away from home. I never thought that I would have had the opportunity to compete in a sporting event at the National level and I definitely wouldn't have made it here without Erika, Stacy, Susie, Rachael, and Nathan.
In January I started out knowing the bare essentials of competitive fighting and now, in June, I have watched myself grow into *ahem* a bit of a badass. Whereas I would have never considered myself an aggressive, competitive, or athletic person in the past, I see myself growing into someone who is gradually gaining more confidence and realizing that I can be whoever I want to be with some hard work and focus. I knew that joining the Trinity TKD team would push me further physically than I have ever been pushed before and even though I might have been nervous or afraid (especially given some of my team mates more athletic backgrounds) I knew it would be a great test to find out just what I could do.
In competing at Nationals this week with my team mates I have accomplished just what I have set out to do by becoming a fighter. I had two fights this week and even though the girls I fought were bigger than I was and may have had more experience, I never backed down. Although I still have a lot to learn I am noticing big changes in my skill level with each fight. I am becoming less nervous, more skilled in my movements, and more aggressive. I am proud to be bringing home two silver medals for the Trinity team and I feel they truly represent how far I've come in the last 6 months. I know they are just a jumping off point for the person I hope to become in the future. I have come to love my team mates as sisters and Nathan as a great friend and supporter. I could not have made it this far without their love and support.
The last week has been an amazing experience and I'm looking forward to watching Nathan compete tomorrow (you're going to be awesome by the way) and celebrating with the rest of the Trinity family when we return home.