Hi, I posted this in the High School forum, but I figured it might get more replies here.
I’ve run spring track freshman year and cross country sophomore year. As a rising junior, however, I’m faced with a dilemma.
<li>Cross country practice is 6 days a week, monday through saturday. I am attending Columbia SHP on saturdays, so that’s one practice missed.</li>
<li>On wednesdays, I have to work from 3-7 at Kumon, so that’s another practice missed.</li>
<li>On thursdays, I have table tennis lessons and a training session starting in the afternoon, so that’s a third practice missed (I’m nationally ranked and a junior olympic gold medalist, and I train 3-4 times a week).</li>
<li>In addition, my local community center has offered me a volunteer opportunity to teach table tennis, most likely on tuesdays.</li>
Last year, I was able to balance all this because I didn’t have Columbia, Kumon, or the table tennis class, and my coach let me miss practice once a week on thursdays. Now, however, I feel overwhelmed.
I love running, but there’s only a slight chance that I’ll make varsity this year. It seems to me that by doing cross country (and dropping numbers 1, 2, and 4), I’ll be wasting precious opportunities for other things, not to mention grades and SATs and what not. My coach, who also happens to have been my history teacher sophomore year, is a really cool guy. On top of that, there’s a good chance I’ll have him for history again junior year, so I do not want to damage our relationship.
My parents have told me to quit cross country, but I have yet to think of a nice way to break it out to my coach. I think this is what I’m really faced with. After typing this entire entry out, I think I’m leaning even more toward quitting cross country, but tell me what you think.
Thank you in advance!