Daegu was disappointing to say the least and I’ve been underground a bit since then. Considering the fact that I was in the best shape of my life (thus far) having jumped near or farther than 17 meters from a short approach on two separate occasions, I really can’t even explain how or why I jumped as poorly as I did. Sure I could have used a trip to the chiropractor while I was out there but I felt fast on the runway and my workouts while out in Korea had all been on point. In any case, if you read my blog posts or check out my Facebook fan page with any regularity you know that things went as bad as they could have gone. While Daegu was supposed to be my introduction to the world, I now consider it just a “minor setback for a major comeback.” That comeback is going to begin in Guadalajara, Mexico.
On October 27th I’ll be competing at my second Pan American Games which are officially underway as of Friday. My performance in a torrential downpour in Rio de Janeiro in 2007 is pretty amusing now that I look back at it. I think I jumped 15.45m even though my season best that year was 16.31m. I am certainly not the athlete that I was then and unless one of my teammates beats me to it this year, I plan on coming away with Haiti’s first Pan American Games medal in athletics. Training since Daegu has been…interesting and somewhat up and down. I’m sure my body is a bit surprised by being in this phase of training all the way into October but with a couple weeks until Pan Ams we’re starting to kick training up even more and things are beginning to fall into place and finally starting to get excited about being back on the runway. I’m definitely excited to be one of the 12 athletes (8 track and field, 1 tae kwon do, 1 judo, 1 tennis and 1 weightlifting) representing Haiti at the Games though! Compare that to the US’s 600 athletes.