Hi everyone! Welcome to my blog. I am very excited to have the opportunity to blog for espnW and share with all of you my insights, fitness and nutritional tips, and the cool stuff I get to do.
Outside of golf, I have a passion for reading, healthy living and traveling. I hope you will leave comments and recommend things you discovered, books you have enjoyed, great places and restaurants you have visited, or whatever else you find interesting to share.
I want to start by sharing the opportunity I had this year to grow and learn about myself and my game. If you don't know, I am an LPGA player and 2014 is my fifth season on tour. Last year was my best year so far, winning twice on tour (the KIA Classic and the Marathon Classic). I was also part of the victorious European Solheim Cup team.
But right around that time, my performance started to drop, and I started to overcompensate in a few areas. As a result, I suffered injuries to my hip and lower back to the point that I lost all feeling in my swing as the compensations got bigger and bigger. It is an awful feeling when you have a successful year, expectations are high, and you can't understand what happened. Then you try to quick fix it to get back to playing well and try to pretend it didn't happen, but it only gets worse. You have to face reality and see it for what it is: a great opportunity to grow and expand yourself, not try to be the same as last year but better, and to see your flaws and give yourself the time to work on them.
Easy? Far from it, especially when your ego is telling you, “Come on, you have to get back, your rankings are dropping.’’ There were plenty of negative thoughts. Fortunately, I have the right team around me, with the right energy, and made a promise to myself to take charge of my game and not rely that much on one specific person in the team.
Through it all, I learned that there is no one more important than you in the team. It’s my career and I deal with the results myself. Nobody can do that job for me! I liked a comment that Mark Cuban said in my favorite show “Shark Tank" -- "Never take the advice from someone who is not going to deal with the consequences!" #Truth
Now I can say my health is good, my game is going in the right direction, and my fitness is getting better. It was a thrill to win the International Crown for Spain. It was a fantastic week and very special to help put Spanish golf on the map!
I am writing this blog at the airport, my second home as well as hotels (and I love it). The Meijer LPGA Classic was the first tournament of four in a row for me. I’m excited for the challenges to come.
I hope you enjoyed my first blog entry, and as I said, the topics will be different each time. Please leave a comment or let me know if there is something you want me to talk about.
Have a fantastic week!