I have very mixed emotions as the first session approaches at 9am Friday morning. While I am still overly excited for this opportunity and the chance to show the WPS coaches my skills and talent, I've had a slight setback...
Sunday night, I was playing pick-up soccer in Luray with my awesome Page & Luray kids when I blocked a cross-attempt (playing field) and landed on my knee before rolling. Now, ordinarily, I would have been fine, but let me set the scene... 1) playing on rock-solid ground (very dry and dusty); and 2) when I blocked the ball, I was at a full sprint. So when I hit, I hit HARD!
Right away, all I could feel was the superficial impact of hitting the rock-solid ground. That's all that hurt. And it was numb for at least 5 straight mins before it began to simmer down a little. Of course, once I got up and walked off the field, I put an ice pack on it. Not until a few hours later, when I got outta my car and was home and getting situated in bed to ice it more, did I realize that the superficial purple bruising was not hurting anymore. But now I couldn't twist my knee without feeling some pain inside my knee = UH OH!!! I know from watching others go through knee injuries that THAT feeling is NOT what I wanted... especially this close to tryouts.
After having Mike and Carleen look at it the past two days in the training room at EMU (thanks you two!!!), my knee is doing well. It's solid, the swelling is slowly going down and most of the problem just seems to be a pateller contusion (bruise). However, today, when Carleen tested out my MCL, I winced in pain. I'm getting it "rehabbed" tomorrow yet, and it'll be what it is for Friday-Sunday.
I'm just hoping and praying that nothing weird happens during the course of the tryouts--examples: twisting it awkwardly, sliding out for a ball and colliding with a player, etc.
At this point, I'm realizing that I just have to put it all in God's hands. All I can humanly do, is to play to the best of my abilities and let the rest up to God and His plans for my life. He's given me this talent and has given me this incredible, unbelievable opportunity, and I'm just gonna go out there and give it my all! Florida won't know what hit it!!!
Wed: driving up to PA.
Thurs: Flying out of Philly at 9:50am; landing in Tampa, FL/hotel/meetings in evening.
Fri: team training (9-10:30am); match play--3 games (2:30-7pm); meeting
Sat: GK training (8:30-9:30am); meeting with WPS coaches; match play--3 games (2:30-7pm); meeting
Sun: match play--3 games (8am-12:30pm); depart from Tampa at 6:30pm; switch planes in Atlanta; arrive in Philly 12midnight
Mon: visit Mom's and Dad's; drive down to VA
Some songs that have been motivating me:
/Hit me with your best shot/ ~Pat Bataner
/I can feel the pressure coming down on me / people say that im not destined to suceed / but i have the faith i need to carry on / and i will find the strength in me to prove them wrong / it isnt for the thrill / it isnt for the prize / its all about a fight to stay alive / knowing that the dream can survive // when you're out there on the edge / and the odds you face are life and death / you've got to have the heart of a champion / when your time is running out / and everybody sees youre going down / you've got to have a heart of a champion / when your back's against the wall / and your rival thinks your gonna fall / you've got to have a heart of a champion// ~Carman
/I, I am small but / You, You are big enough / I, I am weak but / You, You are strong enough to // Take my dreams / Come and give them wings / Lord with You / There`s nothing I cannot do / Nothing I cannot do// ~Britt Nicole
/I hope that the days come easy and the moments pass slow / And each road leads you where you want to go / And if you're faced with a choice, and you have to choose / I hope you choose the one that means the most to you / And if one door opens to another door closed / I hope you keep on walkin' till you find the window / If it's cold outside, show the world the warmth of your smile // But more than anything, more than anything / My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to / Your dreams stay big, and your worries stay small / You never need to carry more than you can hold / And while you're out there getting where you're getting to / I hope you know somebody loves you, and wants the same things too / Yeah, this, is my wish// ~Rascal Flatts
/This is ten percent luck / twenty percent skill / fifteen percent concentrated power of will / five percent pleasure / fifty percent pain / and a hundred percent reason to remember the name/ ~Fort Minor
Thanks for all the prayers, support, encouragement and everything else!!! WPS coaches, HERE I COME!!!!! :D