It has been a long season. A successful one, but long.
When you received the news that your combined gymnastics scores on both the beam and the bars qualified you for the college gymnastics nationals meet you were both excited and nervous. After months of saying that you would take a break and get some advice on the minor injuries that have plagued you most of this season, the thought of one more meet three weeks away seems stressful. Even with the help of the team athletic trainer you have not really been able to get in full practices. The lower back pain is worrisome, and while the x-rays show no real damage, you know that what your body really needs is some extended rest.
With as much determination as you can muster, you find yourself anxious to make it through these last few weeks of