Monday, April 30, 2012

No rest for the positive people

Flight landed at 22:50 hours, all my luggage and my wheelchair are safe and sound. My dear friend picked me up from the airport,  and took me back to my car. As I sat there, in the car, it occurred to me that it was going to be 01:00 a.m. or later before I would got home and into bed. Moreover, I realized that it was soon going to be Monday and it is game on for the work week.

Today I am catching up on e-mails for work, doing final touches for the "TAP-it" conference this Thursday at the Great Regional River Library, St. Cloud, MN, doing laundry, and packing my car for the Wheelchair Plus Expo that I'm leaving for on Monday and speaking at on Tuesday in Grand Rapids, MN.

Over the years I have spent to much time wondering why I didn't win, etc. It has taken a lot of years but I have realized, not to do that; in fact, I know look at it this way:

Make a list and answer these questions
1) Did I give it everything I had?
2) Would I have changed anything, i.e., equipment, training, and if so, why and why do I feel it would make any difference?
3) What are the key things I learned from this past event?
4) Think about it for a few hours, not days or weeks, and then make a decision. Move on, don't pout, I hate pouting, even though I am good at it. Move on!

Make another list:
1) What do I need to do today, tomorrow, this week, for work and personal — prioritize such as:

  • Bills
  • Work
    • Clients
  • Personal Time
I use to dwell on what went wrong, now it is time to FOCUS on what went right, and what needs to be done; you can't change yesterday, but you sure as hell make a difference in today and make it a success.

Always Sitting Always in Motion


Saturday, April 28, 2012

Final results of 2012 US Paralympic Trials

Friends, family and readers; it is all done, the 2012 Paralympic Team Trials are complete. Lets recap what has gone on, just over a year ago, I decided to give the 2012 a run for the money. Most my family and friends thought I was crazy, but the dream of having a Gold Medal laid across my chest brought me to the trials.

After being out of the game for almost 8 years I shot incredibly well, but in the end I am officially the 2012 US Paralympic Alternate. Although it was not what I wanted, I gave it everything I could.

I just wanted to thank everyone who has supported me in my journey of the GOLD, but at this time, I need to wait.

The biggest thing people don’t realize is, a “trip has a start and a end, a journey only has a start.”

Am I done shooting? No, absolutely not, I have an obligation to the team and myself to stay on my game.

One thing I am taking from this, champions don’t always stand on a podium, they just continue on.

Thank you all for your well wishes, belief and strength, without you I would have had a tougher time getting here.

Always Sitting Always in Motion


Friday, April 27, 2012

2012 Trials Day 5 Second Day of Competition

Standings as of 4:00 p.m. I am in second place; and tomorrow, it's going to be head to head arrow for arrow. It is coming down to it; and as I was hoping to be way out in the lead, things don't always go the way you planed.

Tomorrow it will come down to seeing the center of the target and shooting every single arrow I got right into it. Keep me in your thoughts and prayers as I want more than anything to take this home for me and my family and friends.

Always Sitting always in Motion


Thursday, April 26, 2012

2012 Trials day 4 first day of Competition

Hello everyone! Okay here are the standings after day one, I’m tied for second score wise, but the person I tied with beat me on “X” count (the dead center of the target.) So technically you could say I am in third.

Tomorrow is another day and I have had a wonderful session with my dad, and my dear friend Carisa; both whom basically said to me you can and will pull this off; get out there and do what you do when your back is against the wall, fight harder shoot smarter, stay in your game. I can’t wait for tomorrow.

I would like to thank all of you that contacted Nelson Photo and Home Depot, saying a special thanks to them for their assistance. Nelson Photo took another 1.75 hours today trying to assist me with the scope issue. We unfortunately had to many difficulties and had to admit we did not have the right stuff. However, I need to say Nelson Photo is truly amazing what they did shows there is still people with amazing compassion, not to mention people that believe in service and going to the extreme for the success of the client.

Stay tuned for a great update tomorrow.

Always in Sitting Always in Motion


2012 Trials Day 3, Stress to Success

Hello friends and readers, well yesterday turned out to be a very stressful yet unbelievably successful day. Tuesday, I was told that my spotting scope (allows me to se at a quick glance where my arrows are) was not within regs; so I was going to have to fix it, not use it, or shoot under an official warning.

So, my dad, who arrived on Tuesday night, thank goodness as without his help I would be physically exhausted by now, were going to have to create a whole new system that allows me to utilize this very important piece of equipment.

Wednesday we went to Home Depot, and with the help of four very excited employees we created a system we thought would work. Unfortunately, it didn’t. So, after the equipment inspection (which I passed minus the scope) and after a very good practice my father and I set out to find a solution to the situation.

Nelson Photo to the rescue! Just before their closing time my dad runs in and explains the situation, and as I got in there they basically locked the door behind us and came up with a great solution, (they worked with us for an hour.)

Now, it’s Thursday, morning as I write this we are getting ready to leave and all I am feeling right now is success for the day. I can’t wait to show off my new system.

Thank goodness, for Home Depot, and bless Nelson Photo of Little Italy, San Diego, CA.

Do me a favor and “Like” both of them on FB; if you can, write a special note of gratitude, you might not ever get to these two stores here in San Diego, CA., but you can let them know how they changed my life from stress to success.

Stay tuned for today’s shooting report.

Always Sitting Always in Motion


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

2012 Trials Day 2

Okay, so today was a bit rough, but was only a practice day so that is good. Yes the shots were falling in today, but they seemed not as clean as I want, thats okay tomorrow is a new day.

Tomorrow is the official practice and equipment inspection; which means, they look at our bows, arrows the whole gambit, and they say "yes you are good to shoot, no you are not." Why you ask, RULES, and there are a lot of them; yes makes me want to spit as well.

We are getting close friends, Thursday is the start of the shooting and it is going to be fantastic shooting I can feel it.

Signing off as I need a lot more sleep.

Always Sitting Always in Motion


Monday, April 23, 2012

Trials 2012

Today was great! An unofficial practice, but the arrows were falling perfect. Tomorrow, is another unofficial practice day and is to be a beautiful day. Stay tuned to my blog to find out how things are progressing.

2012 US Paralympic Archery Trials, ARCO Olympic Training Center, Chula Vista, CA.