SHE’S ALIVE

by Jennie

Motivational phrase of my summer:

” The grass isn’t always greener on the other side. It’s greener on the side you water. “

Yikes! A lot has happened since I last posted. I realized after getting sick, all desire to talk about what random things I do went down the drain, because it wasn’t paired with my daily training that went without saying.  Instead, it was just, the random things, to get me healthy and keep me sane. (If you want to hear more about my training, feel free to ask, but I feel that “today I roller skied, tomorrow I will roller ski faster” gets a bit old.)

July 21st I had to stop training cold turkey for at least a month, and needless to say that didn’t sit well. I don’t sit well. I have worked a lot on sitting. However for that first month of fatigue, sitting wasn’t even productive, so a lose – lose situation. In September, I took a few weeks and went home to Vermont so that I could get back on my feet, of which I was a bit too eager for, and had a mini set back, but my limit had to be tested somehow.

This whole process has been a learning experience of how to trust myself. After numerous blood tests, the Dr (correction many Drs) couldn’t tell me when to train or when not to, and neither could a coach. I was the only one who knew how I felt. I had to cancel many camps, convince people I shouldn’t do races or events, change my diet, disregard my yearly training plan, and change my mindset.

The one thing I have put my foot down about, is changing my goals. I have plan B, and even plan shit C, but plan A is still hopeful until proven otherwise.

So, a breakdown of what you have missed:

July:

What my first month felt like as I was condemned in my apartment.

(click on picture) (Except for the drinking…doesn’t mix with antibiotics.)

August:

As I started to awake from my stupor, this is kinda how I looked. Or at least how I felt I looked. Either way….

(click on picture)

Decided a trip home was necessary.

A view from on top of Appalachian Gap will make you happy again. It worked for me.

Watched the Green Mountain Stage Race and cheered on some friends.

The Champlain Valley Fair….a family tradition since I can remember. First time in years that I have been back to enjoy  its redneck-ery.

I attended the NENSA Symposium, a weekend clinic at Stratton Mtn School. It counts as continual education for new and experienced coaches, consisting of guest speakers and one afternoon of analyzing athletes during their training. I was not, as you can imagine, particularly thrilled to stand by and watch the SMS T2 team do intervals, but patience is a virtue. The weekend helped my mind get pumped about training again, as well as prep me  towards having my level 100 USSA coaching certification. It is something I have wanted to add to my resume for my present lessons, and future desire to coach.

September:

For the 2nd year in a row, I went to Madison WI to work with my buddies Dave and Renee Callaway at the Cyclocross Grand Prix  race. If you don’t know what cyclocross is, click HERE, and I am writing a full post soon about how nordic skiing should be like this sport. It will be worth a read.

Matt Liebsch and I put on a fundraiser called the Ski Erg Showdown at GearWest. Thank you roommate for your help! A separate blog HERE will be posted soon as well. Gave away some awesome prizes from Toko, OneWay, Salice, Concept 2, and Salomon.

Beauty in Burlington VT, I just wanted to end with this one. (:

And because I spent a lot of mind numbing time on Youtube end of July, here is a little more entertainment:

Men vs Women – This is an old video, but if you haven’t seen it you must  HERE

Music, I like it all : Folk, Country, Techno Violin,  Rock , Electronic Rock , Rap , 80s , Chill , Catchy Crap

 

 

3 Comments

  1. John Widdifield
    09 October 12, 2:04am

    Glad you are still alive jennie. Keep it going.

  2. 23 November 12, 4:04pm

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  3. 30 January 15, 11:22am

    […] whole process has been a learning experience of how to trust myself,” she wrote. “After numerous blood tests, the Dr (correction many Drs) couldn’t tell me when to train or […]

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