This is a typical Monday for me…
6 AM- Get up/ Eat/ Morning Routine
7 AM- Leave for School
8:30 AM- Class starts
9:45 AM- Class ends/Straight to the Athletic Trainers Room
10:30 AM- Weight Room
11:45 AM- Athletic Training Room Again
12 PM- Practice
2 PM- Eat lunch/Drive home
2:30 PM- Take a shower/ Relax
3:50 PM- Drive back to school
4:30 PM- Study hall (Homework, Study, Read, etc.)
6:30 PM – Get out of Study hall and Eat
7 PM – Class Starts
8:50 PM- Class ends/ Head home
9:15 PM- Arrive home
9:20 PM- Change Clothes/ Relax / Eat/ Tv with Family
10 PM- Get in Bed/ Watch Netflix
10:30 PM- Bedtime
Then I wake up, and repeat. Although each day fluctuates, the time my classes, practice, and weight room are changes; but I always follow the same generic schedule. Each day will be the same every week.
After I graduated from high school I went to El Camino Community College, but at that time the track was under construction and we did not have a pole vault pit. So I went back to being a thrower. Shot put and discus were my two events, but one day at practice my coach handed me a javelin. I had no idea what a javelin was, I’d only been exposed to it while watching the olympics and I don’t think I even knew what it was called.
So there I was spear in hand, ready to try something new. I thought it was the coolest thing ever, I was going to be throwing a spear for my sport! My coach said I should be pretty good at it because of my background in softball, in which I was a catcher and center fielder. He was right, I ended up being one of the top ranking javelin throwers. Here are the Statistics for my first ever collegiate season…
2016 Outdoor Season El Camino Collegiate Freshman
Place: Mark: Meet/Date:
Shot Put – 4kg
7 9.89m Mar 5 Cal State LA Invitational
17 9.14m Apr 2 Arnie Robinson Invitational
Javelin – 600g
5 32.93m Mar 4 Cal State LA Invitational
1 33.34m Mar 19 UC Irvine Spring Break Invitational
1 39.33m Apr 2 Arnie Robinson Invitational
1 43.58m May 14 Southern California Championships
2 41.44m May 21 CCCAA State Track and Field Championships 2016
I had found something that was both an individual sport as well as a team sport; so that meant I really only had to worry about how I preformed, but I could also cheer on my teammates. Plus, it’s pretty cool telling people that I throw a spear.
My journey began in high school… I played softball and basketball for my freshman and sophomore years, which I enjoyed greatly; but the drama was getting to me. After my sophomore year I had enough and the two sports were not fun to me anymore. I decided I was going to retire from them. This came as a shock to pretty much all of my friends and family as I had been playing since I was 4 in both sports. But I was done, burnt out and tired of the drama. Although I was not going to give up on sports completely. So I started to think, in 8th grade I had thrown the shot put for one meet so I figured, hmm maybe I’ll give that a try; it’s something different and it’s a guy and girl sport so there has bound to be less drama. So there I was, trying out to be a shot putter on the high school track team, barely knowing anything about track and field. The coach saw potential I guess because I made the team, and not just any team, I made the varsity team!
Fast forward a few months and I was a shot put and discus thrower. But that changed fairly quickly when one day while running sprints around the track the pole vault coach called me over to talk to him. Next thing I know I have a pole in my hand and I’m a pole vaulter. We found out that I was a much better pole vaulter than a thrower, so I became mainly a pole vaulter and just threw when we needed some extra points. My senior year consisted of mainly pole vault as I was pretty decent at it, clearing 9’7 “. This along with my decent throwing skills got the attention of the coaches at the nearest community college, El Camino, and off I went.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
– Lao Tzu