|freshman year of track in high school! Back in 1996! Over 15 years ago!
It's like I have to be reborn again as a triathlete, so it only made sense that I went back to where it all began...my high school track. Here I am in one of my very first track meets, from the family scrapbook:
I was in middle school, and we had 2 track meets each year at the local high school which I would later be attending. Westmoor High of Daly City, CA! Ask any Filipino anywhere in the world and they will be able to tell you where Daly City is (just south of San Francisco, with a huge Filipino population, obviously).
|Senior year: see how the bleachers say '99?
I would end up falling head over heels in love with running and ran cross country & track all 4 years of high school. Specialized in the two-mile and the mile...we had a dirt track that was 440 yards, or if we went to the fancier high schools in our league, they had rubber tracks that were a metric 400m, and so I'd do the 3200m and the 1600m.
|freshman XC: and you think my arms are scrawny NOW...
I was totally scrawny, as you can see...my best friend called me "Beanpole" and I didn't know why. Then I hit puberty pretty late, and Coach DiMaggio moved me up to the 800m as a junior and senior! The dirt track stuck around long after I graduated in 1999. I think it wasn't until 2006, I remember my mom going door-to-door asking people to help vote for a local bond measure that would update our school sports facilities. Because Mom knows how to get things done!
Well...in April, my old high school got a brand new rubber track! I finally got to see it AND run on it for the very first time last week! Soooo soooo exciting. It's freakin' GORGEOUS! and super bouncy!
They got rid of the old crappy bleachers that the seniors would paint new numbers on every year during "Senior Paint Out" night. I didn't actually get to go. Mom wouldn't let me. But she helped us get a new rubber track, so she's forgiven. ;)