The past two weeks have been full of eye openers. Much like the adrenaline rush that often hits me the millisecond that the start gun goes off in a sprint race, I feel like my “launch” out of Vancouver and into Thunder Bay has had a rather steep acceleration/learning curve. All of which means, good stories for later on in life. At least, I hope it does…
Take recently for instance. I am printing off resumes, or actually, I am trying to print resumes and failing. Apparently, my roommate Katherine’s printer, a solid older model, is too “old” for my computer. A healthy dose of capitalism and consumerism on my Monday morning; must buy new printer. As I casually browsed the Staples website, luck was with me, a beautiful all-in-one printer on-sale for a mere thirty dollars!
Of course, I had to check with my mother (it was also her birthday, shout out to Mum) that I was not making a horrible mistake in purchasing this printer. A phone call later, my now mum-approved printer, I grabbed a panier, a large (or so I thought) backpack and hopped on my bike. Soon, I was happily the owner of the aforementioned printer. However, I had a teeny problem. Or make that a massive problem. The printer did not fit in either of my bags!
My phone call to Levi, my other roommate went something like this, “Hi Levi, I’ve made a big mistake… Can you please pick me up?”. So much for independence. Because Levi is a nice guy who owns a car, he had no problem coming to get me, my bike and my unpacked and hastily repacked printer. Thanks Levi! I can now print my resumes trouble free.
On the skiing side of things, I am thoroughly enjoying training in Thunder Bay (except if I am getting bit by mosquitos). The National Development Centre Team has been incredibly welcoming and inclusive.
Probably my main training mishap was my very first day here, on a three-hour day skate roller skiing day. I was forty-five minutes in when I ate it pretty hard on the pavement (thanks big pile of gravel) and broke my pole. Unfortunately I still had two hours and fifteen minutes left of training. I skied back home, changed techniques and double poled the rest of the session.
Just a bit of bad luck. On the whole, Thunder Bay so far has given me awesome training partners; in NDC’s strong group of girls, refreshing training locations, experienced, caring coaching staff and an active ski community. I am looking forward to seeing what more is in store here for me.