Going into this weekend I questioned with sincere regularity my inclusion.

My solitary goal was to be worthy of my invitation.

In my head that was not being in the bottom. I trained harder for this than I have in a while.

I am leaving Florida feeling invigorated and focused.

I have big plans coming up. I have my sights set on selection. It is something I have wanted to do for years but the stars haven’t aligned.

My training for now is focused on my preparation for that. I want to return to goruck games next year and improve.

I knew my deficits going in and had they been on par with my other skills I would have had a much different outcome this weekend.

This weekend I was a quiet outsider, observer, and participant and I felt like I belonged.

I was there in the arena.

Marred by dust, sweat, and blood. Literally.

I am grateful to have the opportunity to compete at the level I do.

This is another rung on the ladder. Another step.

Excellence knows no limits and it’s pursuit is endless.

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