I leave Tuesday for Beat the Streets “United in the Square” and I’m full of mixed emotions. On one hand I am full of excitement – this is an amazing opportunity that few in the world have the privilege to take part in. On the other hand, I am trying to prepare to wrestle a world champion and I can’t help but be nervous. Some days I am relaxed and calm, focused and driven, and everything is in perspective. On those days I am ready to embrace this moment and enjoy competing on the largest stage of my career thus far. However, some days I feel overwhelmed and under-prepared for the challenge that lies ahead. On those days my emotions take over. Tears are shed. My vulnerability is visible. My sport psychologist told me that sometimes you have to cry one day so you don’t need to cry the next one; and that when you’re uncomfortable keep leaning in, it’s the best way through. So I am going to keep leaning in and pushing through and be as prepared as I can be for what lies ahead. I want to be the best version of myself up on that stage in the middle of Times Square for all the world to see. I want to have fun and enjoy the moment; for as quickly as it is approaching, it will be over in a matter of minutes. I want to soak it all in and be present for every one of them.
Above is the event flyer for Beat the Streets “United in the Square” and my match is one of eight World Class Match-Ups that begin at 6pm EST (7pm in New Brunswick). The matches will be live streaming on FloWrestling at that time this Thursday evening, May 19th.
After this event I depart for Sassari, Italy for a tournament and training camp. I’m looking forward to a lot of great training with some top calibre partners in the coming weeks.