March 8, 2022
First, I’ve been to five games in my career, and I’m going for my sixth. I’m working to solidify my spot in the long jump for next year’s world championships and the 2024 games. Since this year will not have a world championship, it makes sense to lessen the amount of times that I jump - to save the body from all of the impact that comes with soaring through the air and landing in the sand.
Second, one of the most important pieces to the long jump is the approach, the sprint. That means that I need speed and running the 100m is the best way to get it. It’s not uncommon for field event athletes to jump into a few races throughout the season. More speed, more controlled speed, equals big jumps.
Lastly, running will obviously have a certain level of impact, but not as much impact as jumping. Therefore, I’m saving myself a bit and not putting more unnecessary “wear on the tires.”
I’ll definitely enter into a few competitions to jump, but it won’t be as many times as I would in a typical track and field season. On the other hand, you’ll get to see me a little more on the track competing in sprints.
I’ve been in the game for a while now, but I think I still have a few more good races in these legs. Not to big myself up by any means, but I have qualified to compete in the 100m in many of the most recent major international competitions. I may not have medaled or won, but I’m not slow by any means. Lol.
The big picture here is to reduce the impact created from the long jump in a year when we don’t have a big show. But, I also need to remember that there are things to work on, and for me, it includes explosion, power, and speed through sprinting.
The next time you see me, I might be moving a tad faster when the word “FLY FLY FLY” rings through the sky!