I have decided this is the year of persistence. I have been working hard to strengthen my body in order to get that football over the uprights. And for the first time I finally did it, this week. But my journey doesn't end here. Ryan, the hero in Untangling the Knot, has to have the physical AND mental health to be able to block out the noise of life and kick the ball consistently and for distance.
Okay, so I kicked the extra point three times this week, plus I made 17 yard field goal. But, as Alex Molden told me, kickers train with the noise of a crowd piped in.... with their team mates heckling them.... with the weight of the world on them... So, while I got those 4 kicks through the goal posts this week, I also missed about 10.
Next week I get to travel out to Boston and revisit some of the sites from my novel. I hope to go to the Patriots Stadium and visualize what Ryan had to go through when focusing on each kick. Most importantly, I have been invited as a guest to be at Comfort Zone MA, a grief camp which supports children who have experience the loss of a parent or sibling, like Chloe and Peter did in the book.
As they say... just when you are successful, someone moves the goal posts. Well, in this case, I am doing it for myself. Look for more, after my trip, on how I plan to turn my field goal kicking into a fundraiser to support this fantastic camp.
And, in the meantime, I hope you enjoy my moment of victory!
Kicking like my Hero
They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks; well I am about to prove them wrong.
I hope you enjoy the journey.
Check here for a daily update of how I am doing in my training to kick a field goal.