Let me start by saying this is going to be long so I don’t blame you if you don’t read it all. In fact, if I were actually speaking this would most likely be more than you heard me say over the last 5 years.

As I get ready for my final trip to the Games I can’t help but think of two different phrases (both older, so let’s call them Master’s references). One from a Grateful Dead song: “Lately it occurs to me, what a long strange trip it’s been.” The other famous phrase is from John “Hannibal” Smith of the A- Team: “I love it when a plan comes together.” These both come from reflecting back on the 5 year plan I laid out. It’s not often, if ever, that a 5 year plan works out exactly as planned. Go to the Games for 2 years, train for a year without going and then return for 2 more years before “retiring”.

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