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Katie Gehring

Katie Gehring

Nov. 18, 2008

Bestselling author Harvey MacKay once said, "Time is free, but it's priceless. You can't own it, but you can use it. You can't keep it, but you can spend it. Once you've lost it, you can never get it back". Over the last four years I've come to find that this statement rings true for me as a student-athlete here at UT.

My days start with jumping into cold water at 5 a.m. almost every morning, and are filled with classes, workouts, tutor appointments and studying. In between this busy schedule are the moments that I'll remember the most.

I won't always remember everything I did in my stats class at 9 a.m. last year, but I will always remember painting the rock about two hours before. Looking back won't make me think of what I did in art history on a Monday morning, but instead I'll think of all the times I sat at lunch for two hours just talking and laughing with some of the most important people in my life. I won't remember the weight room workout I did last December, but I will definitely remember my spur of the moment road trip to the SEC championship game with my best friend. It's not the time I spend in a lecture feeling as if it drags on forever; it's the times that go by the fastest that I will never get back that I will always remember.

It's the little jokes in practices, or dancing in the weight room when you think you won't get caught. It's having your team there when you need them the most. It's the long bus rides, the rush of adrenaline right before a race, that feeling when you finally realize that you can do whatever you want and actually start believing in yourself. It's moments during a workout set of 30 twenty-fives holding under 12.7 seconds when your body went into failure about 15 twenty-fives ago, when you take what you thought wasn't possible and make it real and tangible. It's moments like these that make you realize the early mornings, the sore muscles, the injuries, the hard workouts, the ice baths, it's all worth it.



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