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There are trials, and then there are trials . . .
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Four years ago I was invited to an outdoor garden party where many distinguished guests were noshing and talking.  There was a billionaire who was planning and in training for a trip to space, there were captains of industry, socialites, philanthropists, and then there was me.  As I introduced myself and entered into various conversations (a real skill for an introvert like me), I met a couple that had just returned from Eugene, Oregon where they had attended the U.S. Olympic Trials for track and field.  They were ecstatic; they talked about the intimacy, the excitement, and the feeling that they were witnessing the making of future medal holders.  There was a certain patriotism that they exuded.  I asked if they regularly followed track and field, and they said no, but that didn’t matter.  Based on their experience they would now.

I remember thinking, that’s something I would like to do.  I would like to see top athletes that are competing for both their country and their own accomplishment perform.  And the fact that it wouldn’t be a huge spectacle, but more like a sneak peek into what is to come.  I had forgotten about that wish, that moment when I envisioned myself in the stands watching a world record being broken, or someone finally accomplish their ultimate dream and qualify for the Olympics.  But I heard Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt on the radio talking about the upcoming Olympics and the aspiration to go to Track Town USA (Eugene, OR) popped back in my mind.  I wondered if I had missed it.  With a quick search on the internet I discovered the trials happen June 21 – July 1.  It’s a day’s drive from Seattle to Eugene and you can even purchase a day pass for whatever events you would like to see.  Just looking at the website I could feel an adrenaline rush, and then that voice kicked in that said, “You’re too busy. Who would want to go with you? This is a silly, selfish extravagance.”  I closed the website and tried to wipe it from my mind.

As you can see from this post I wasn’t successful.  So, I’ll put it out there.  Anyone interested in attending the U.S. Olympic Trials for track and field.  Who’s up for a road trip?  What’s your favorite event? How many do you think we could sleep in a room?  Are there any rooms still available?  And do you realize that this opportunity won’t come again for another four years?  I’m almost there, how about you?

© Kelly Tweeddale 2012