The morning started early, when I woke up early and couldn’t go back to sleep in anticipation. I got to see my mother and grandmother in law for a few minutes this morning before heading to the pool. My teammates and I decided to meet at the pool to hear the team announcement together. It was bittersweet. So excited for my first Olympic birth, and devastated for my teammates who were not chosen. I have been there so many times before. I know that feeling well, and my heart really breaks for them.
My teammate, Laura, who just earned her 3rd Olympic birth, brought her Olympic ring from 2000 for me to wear until I get my own.
Although sadness mingled with excitement, the excitement grew as I got to tell my friends and family the wonderful news. So many people have been with me on this long long road, and it was incredible to be able to share in this with them.
Tonight I went to dinner with my family that was in town (one of my sisters and my mom were unable to make it) for a night of celebration. We went to P.F. Chang’s (fitting, don’t you think?) and had a fantastic time.
I really am so blessed and so humbled. And ready for bed. : ).