“It doesn’t matter what you heard, IMPOSSIBLE is not a word. It’s just a reason for someone not to try” - KUTLESS
In our amazing sport, we are confronted with obstacles and challenges on a daily basis- Do I cut the workout short because I’m tired? Do I hold back because I know it’s going to be painful? Do I ease up and hope the other competitors fade at the end of a race so I can catch them? You always have two choices:
1. Hold back and wonder what you could have done
2. Press on, take a chance, risk failure and realize that there is always more to give
One option will allow you to grow physically, mentally and emotionally in ways you never dreamt possible. The other will force you to stay the same, comfortable, unfulfilled and “average” athlete. Very few athletes will attain championship status but each of you have the opportunity to become the best YOU…that you can be. Your potential holds no bounds!
This week will allow opportunities for tremendous growth. Here’s what’s up:
FRIDAY- MSU SPARTAN INVITE
*Our entire program will be dismissed from school after 3rd hour (11:10)
*Our bus will depart at 11:20am- sharp. We will be eating lunch on the bus, so please pack a healthy lunch for the trip.
*Pertinent Race schedule information:
2:50pm- HS Girls JV #1 (school names starting A-L)- THIS IS US!
3:20pm- HS Girls JV #2
3:50pm- HS boys JV #1
4:20pm- HS boys JV #2
4:50pm- HS Girls SPARTAN ELITE RACE- THIS IS US!
6:00pm- HS boys Green Race- this is our team
*Admission to the race is $7.00 for adults
Take I-96 towards Lansing
Take Exit 95 to merge onto I-496 towards downtown Lansing
Take Exit 9 to merge onto Trowbridge Road
Turn right onto South Harrison Road
***Turn left onto E. Mt. Hope Road- This is the commuter lot that all spectators use is across the street from the course.****It is a lengthy walk from the lot to the course, especially where tent city is located. Wear comfortable shoes!
The address of the course is the following in case you need to input something in your Garmin
2280 S.Harrison Road,
East Lansing, MI 48823
Traffic may be heavy because everyone will be directed to the same lot. You may want to plan on extra time, although last year everything moved smoothly!
THURSDAY- Practice from 3:15-5:00pm
***Team dinner immediately following practice from 5:30-6:ooish at:
1170 Elmwood Drive
WEDNESDAY- Practice from 3:15-5:30 on campus
*If you have spikes, please bring them! Our first taste of speed to end practice
TUESDAY- Practice from 3:15-5:30 on campus
MONDAY- practice from 3:15-5-30ish OFF CAMPUS!
*if you have a car…drive it!
*please change and meet near the pool entrance ASAP
*please bring water bottle, watch, a compass and flares…kidding?
We had several unique circumstances occur throughout our family in the past week. We had two athletes suffer physical setbacks in the heat and on the challenging course at Lowell.
Miss Bolthouse was safely transported to the hospital to stabilize her after a severe asthma attack and is back in great health and spirits. With an IV still in her arm, she was adamant with her doctor about getting back to race yesterday, which she did. It can be said in all honesty that I’ve never been less concerned with an athletic event than in that moment. Prayers were answered during that ambulance ride…Thanks again to Abby and Audrey for riding along too, both of you were amazing.
Our exchange student, Marie Sonnatag, also suffered some heat related issues as well. Although not as severe, it was probably more terrifying for her…new country, no real family there, first experience with hyperventilation, communication barriers, etc…After her first racing experience, Marie had every reason to turn in her uniform and disappear. Nope! At practice the next day, no questions or reservations! What an incredible display of character, and what a gutsy performance yesterday. We are so proud of her!!!
For the first time in 15 years, we had not one, but two athletes disqualified during the race at Lowell. The incident was discussed at practice and we have moved on. The lesson: ALWAYS respect the sport.
At our first jamboree at Lowell, we enjoyed a rare feat. Jenison runners finished 1st, 2nd & 3rd overall,which was an amazing and impressive achievement in itself. What was even more astounding was the fact that we did not win the meet or even finish second for the matter.
“Winning” is not paramount to the success of our program. Our foundation is based and hard-working, selfless, positive and humble individuals who come together to become to best we can be as a program. The team trophies and plaques, as well as the individual accolades are a bi-product of this. On Wednesday, we did not collectively work as hard as we could and we let our program down. We did not have every athlete approach the meet like a Champion must in order to be successful. Effort than our best will not be tolerated. Hence the decision to “sit” our top 3 runners yesterday.
A lesson had to be taught- you cannot rely on other teammates to cover up your lack of effort, lack of concern or lack of ownership in what we are striving to accomplish. Each athlete that raced at West Ottawa displayed tremendous commitment to their sisters, and for this we are proud. Every Jenison athlete took ownership in their attitudes and actions. Because of this mindset, the results were fantastic. We finished third out of ten schools without our complete roster racing…We believe “the lesson” was learned.
Will it be IMPOSSIBLE to:
*Continue to grow as a family through the trials and tribulations only a xc runner can understand?
*Continue to grow into the best athlete, teammate and dependable young adult you can be?
*Win the OK White Conference Team Championship?
*Finish in one of the top 3 Regional Championship spots?
*Earn a trip to the MHSAA State Finals as a team? For the first time since 1996?
It doesn’t matter what you’ve heard, impossible is not a word…