It has been 14 months since my first blog post. A project that I started to explore what it is like to stay in sports after high school. I did not manage to keep my routine of blogging. But now I'm back with more anecdotes and experience to share my thoughts. This is a brief recap of my past year.
Last year was a learning experience. My ski season was trying. I found it very hard to focus and ski properly on top of being worried about succeeding financially. I worked too much to balance with skiing and school. I didn't let myself recover between racing or being sick. When ski season wrapped up in March I was completely exhausted and slightly hurt.
Looking for new summer work, I decided to apply for wildland fire fighting, I got a job near my old hometown of Smithers and moved all my training gear up with me into my Mom's house. (Thanks Mom for taking me on 24 hours of notice!) It was a rewarding job and I worked with a crew of amazing people. My wonderful job really kept me positive and motivated to train after work all summer, though being alone for up to five hours of exercise posed some challenges too.
I moved back to the Okanagan in October healthier and happier than I felt all last season.
I also decided not to work or go to school for at least the fall semester. After a stressful fall last year, I wanted to step back from the worries I piled on myself and have a true "gap year". I now pride myself in helping around the house, I have plans to help my father finish the basement, volunteer with a local sport charity, and complete some work on my car.
Now I am armed with new material for my blog. I will discuss in length the obstacles I encountered last year and the mistakes I made in my next blog post (coming within the week).
I look forward to communicating with readers again and exploring the post-secondary life
Thank You to Kurt and Alex for taking some awesome training pictures!