Tick Tock

The clock has ticked. The time has come.  Today is the start of my final chance to win the US Olympic Trials at the World Championships, here in Perth, Australia.

I won’t let up, I won’t accept defeat, I will fight as a honed, prepared and fearless competitor with no mercy.  This is it, as real as it gets. And no place I’d rather be.

But the mind can only take an athlete so far.  The preparation and technical needs this campaign now requires has made me eat a lot of humble pie this year. I’ve had to work extra hard for things that most of my competitors already have, to just get here.

But at the starting line today at 12:30 we are all the same.  Our worth determined in the next 12 races.  I should be set for a splendid show.  This is my first time since the 2008 Olympics to prepare for an international event with a similar protocol.  Everything goes into this event. If I get past this I make the US Olympic Team.  I’ve got a lot of explaining to do, and it will all be on the scoreboard today.  Visit www.perth2011.com for live scoring.

One more lesson learned that I must share:

Help those less fortunate than yourself.

For all those people that have helped me get here because you dreamed with me in my dream, and helped me become better. Thank you.  I surely will live on that ethos and ask those reading this to think of ways to help those less fortunate than yourself. Whether it be a friend, loved one, co-worker or stranger. It feels good to be empowered and serve others. Competition is a fierce game, winners are forgotten at their last finish.  Champions build more than themselves, they create something for future generations.

In case you missed it, all the details of my comeback the last 8 months and where I spent $70,000 can be found online at my website: www.benbarger.com


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