What up world?! It’s been a while! Apparently I moved to Indiana. And apparently I am an assistant swim coach at Indiana University. Things have been nonstop go, go, go since I quit my job, drove across the country and started a new life in Bloomington, IN.
Just a quick recap. I got the opportunity of a life time to coach at a Division 1 swimming program with no prior experience. I accepted the job August 12, put in my two weeks notice and my last day of work was August 22. I packed up my entire apartment and gave a ton of stuff away. If you want to really see what is important to you, move across the country. When you have to shove everything you own into one little car, the important things are the bare necessities. I left from my beloved San Francisco and everything I knew on Sunday August 25th. First, I drove back to good old Nevada where I am originally from and picked up my lovely sister who volunteered to be a car with me for 4 straight days. She obviously didn’t know what she was getting herself into.
We left on the 25th for Provo, Utah where I got to spend some time with one of my best friends from high school and her hubby, Sarah and Sam. Then, on Tuesday we were off to Denver, CO. This drive was breathtaking! But also really rainy. And we had a near death experience when our windshield was completely covered in a splash of water from another car speeding by. Luckily, my sister kept control while she was driving and let our Tiny Jesus companion take the wheel. On Wednesday, we crashed with one of my sister’s best friends in Lawrence, Kansas. Apparently, this is the gateway to hell according to some local stories and also Sam and Dean Winchester. Then it was finally to Bloomington, IN on Thursday, my new home! Phew! We spent roughly 10 hours in the car a day with all the pit stops and diners, drive-ins and dives.
And a whole lotta this in Kansas.
However, our journey was not over. The very next day, Friday the 29th, my sister and I flew back to Reno in order to celebrate my mom’s 60th birthday! I promised her a year ago that I would be there no matter what, and I kept my promise. It was a great day!
And finally, I flew back to Indiana for good, bright and early at 6:00 am on Tuesday, September 2 to start a new life. And I was thrown right into the mayhem. We had high school recruits flying in from all over the country to preview Indiana as their choice for college. Apparently, high school juniors must commit to a school in the fall of their junior year or they are SOL. It was my responsibility to learn 70 new names, pretend I knew what I was doing and recruit 12 high schoolers all at the same time. A tall order. After 3 straight 12 hours days, I passed out and took a well deserved 3 hour nap.
If this was all not enough, I’ve been doing my best to squeeze in enough training for Ironman Lake Tahoe which is in LESS THAN 2 WEEKS!!!! 11 days to be exact. How did that happen?? Everyone has been asking me, ‘Are you still going to do Tahoe? Are you still going to do Tahoe?’ The answer is YES. I’m not a chicken shit. I’m not going to lie about the fact that I am more scared than I have been for an Ironman, but I think it’s going to be ok. It may not be the race of my life and I may not qualify for Kona as planned, but I am going to try my best.
If you are interested in seeing the route my sister and I took, you can see it here. Thank you so much for our wonderful hosts with the mostest Sarah, Sam and Jakob! And I will see some of you in Tahoe next week! The Adventure continues…