They don’t tell you that champions need breaks. They tell you to never stop, never take a day off, keep working no matter what pain you feel. I’ve done that. And I’ve watched my bones crumble in the process. If I had it my way, I’d never sleep, eat, communicate with others, shower, rest, laugh, joke, talk, or go to school. I would train all day, everyday, forever. Sound crazy? It is. It’s crazy, sick, obsessive- yet that is what it’s like when you want it so bad. But in order for real success, there has to be recovery time. Mental recovery, emotional recovery, physical recovery. I know that devoting your whole life to one thing sounds like it would bring you glory, but really it just drives you crazy. Because when that one thing is taken away, you won’t have anything left. So take breaks, listen to your body, remember to breathe, be patient, tell yourself it’s okay if you think a boy or girl is cute, if ice cream tastes good, hit the pool instead of the road if that pain in your leg is not exactly normal. Don’t make my mistakes and you’ll be great.