Resting at home recovering from my torn hamstring of September 2013, I found the online Masters Rankings system at mastersrankings.com. This online registry allows us to compare ourselves to masters athletes all over the world. It's a valuable tool because many times, there are only a few 100 masters runners or jumpers at a meet. Every day, every week, every month, competitions are taking place all over the world and the online registry shows us how we are really doing with our performances as we work to improve our personal best.
Looking at this system, I was excited to see my best jump of 2013 of 1.22m placed me at 9th in the USA! How exciting! Of course I called this in to my mother and we giggled that I was even placing at all! I didn't make the top 25 in the world in 2013, so had no world ranking. It was exciting to see the jumpers in Russia, Latvia, S. Africa, Canada, Australia. I was very impressed!
I have continued to follow this rankings system closely. I check it weekly. (See attached image.) As I write this, I am #1 in the world, women 55+ -- something which can change at any moment. But I am getting ahead of myself in my story.
I sat out the 2013-14 indoor season to heal, which brings me to my husband's ultimatum in the spring of 2014 -- get strong, so you don't get injured.
Julia Curran-Villarreal is a three-time USA W55 national masters high jump champion. After a 35-year break from her favorite high school sport of track & field, Julia returned to competition in 2013 at the age of 53. Follow her journey on @juliajumping on Instagram and @juliacurran on Twitter.