D-day delayed, but…

Unfortunately, increasing COVID restrictions affected us personally. D-day didn’t happen. 🙁 While it’s disappointing, there’s nothing to do but wait a little longer.

At the same time, I have to keep reminding myself how lucky S and I are. In the grand scheme of things, we are still very fortunate. There’s nothing to do but sit tight for now.

The Olympics have been a welcome distraction from all the COVID updates. Now, I don’t watch sports at all. I knew zero Aussie athletes (up until a week ago). So, it’s pretty funny how invested I’ve been with the Australian Tokyo campaign!

I read a tongue-in-cheek post the other day that each Olympic event should have a normal person in the events competing alongside, so that everyone knows exactly how amazing the athletes are. 😛

I am in awe watching the different competitions despite not really knowing much about each sport. For example, with diving, when commentators spoke about how an athlete had done a bad dive, I’d be scratching my head, trying to analyse exactly what went wrong. To my untrained eye, all the dives looked amazing. I may not know much about most events, but I can still admire what the athletes do.

The athletics events gave me flashbacks to high school. I was on the track varsity for all four years. I did the 400m, 800m, 1500m and 400m hurdles. I represented my school and local area. I won medals, but I never made it past the state championships. While I enjoyed running, I never wanted to take it further.

Despite not continuing with track after high school, I remember those times fondly. The practices, the competitions, the team camaraderie. I also remember the not-so-positive things: the body aches and the injuries (I’ve got fallen arches for one) and the anxiety and pressure I would feel before each competition. But you gotta take the good and the bad, and overall they were good times.

A few months ago, one of my former team members shared photos from that time. I look so young! Here’s one of the photos… I think I was a sophomore.

Given the baton in my hand, this was the 4x400m relay. I can’t remember why there were only two of us. Might’ve been one of the smaller comps? Were we the only two teams in that heat? Fuzzy as my memory is, I do remember that I was overtaking her. I remember complaining about this photo when I first saw it and my teammates were telling me it was a great photo because it showed me overtaking. 😛

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