Back to Reality Next Week!

Ever since I’ve been back from Vancouver I haven’t been myself 🙁

I have been completely consumed with training and preparing every day for Nationals since last June.   I thoroughly enjoyed every second of  the training with my friends since we all had the same goal…  Make the National Team.

I will always remember all the hours spent helping each other, consoling each other when we were tired and sore, videotaping each other for critique, traveling to seminars together for additional tips, and boosting each others confidence when necessary.  It was a very special time!  It’s weird how I felt like we were a team but we were trying for individual events.  Thanks again to Mr. Steve LeGrow,  Mr. David Lim, Mr. Miro Mostovac, Ms. Brigitte Jobin and Ms.Kayla Huber  – Team Blackburn rocks!

Getting back to school was really rough.  I’ve never missed so much school before and I was shocked how far behind I got.  Fortunately my teachers were very nice and gave me a few extensions so that I could complete everything.  I really didn’t want my marks to drop.  My head just didn’t want to be studying, I just wanted to sleep.

I guess I didn’t realize how my body got so caught up with the pressure  I put on myself,  the excitement,  and the nervousness I secretly had.  I hardly noticed that I was mentally and physically exhausted.  It wasn’t until I stopped everything for a few days that it all hit me.  It’s the weirdest thing.  I just needed a few days to recharge my batteries.

Now it’s back to reality.  I also started my  indoor winter soccer training last week.  I am going to train with the soccer team twice a week but I’m not playing any games until after Worlds to reduce the risk of injuries.  I won’t let anything get in the way of New Zealand!

I am looking forward to the next 3 1/2 months of training.  It’s going to be different now since I will also get some training with the National coaches in Quebec City and Gatineau.  It’s like starting all over again.

I was really pleased with what I did in competition but there are also a lot of things that I really need to work on.  The World Championships is at another whole level so I have to be even that much more prepared!

I have come to one conclusion from all of this…. I LOVE TO TRAIN.   It’s what I love to do more than anything because it’s what keeps me sane 🙂