Thursday, August 30th, 2007
Hello again and welcome back to my thrilling blogs! :)
I can't believe that my fifth preseason has just begun - where on earth does the time go?! I am starting to feel old, but hey - I don't mind being the grandma of the team. We have all been back together for less than a week but even in that short time I can tell that this season is going to be special. This is the most dedicated, energetic, motivated, and fit I have seen the team in my five years here. Collectively, we FLEW at our time trial on Friday and I am confident that we are going to carry our momentum into the postseason better this year than in the past. The upperclassmen have experience, the sophomores will benefit from a year of maturity, and this year's freshmen have brought new energy to the group. I know that everyone is really excited to start racing - and that's a good thing because our first race is this Saturday!! I can't wait!
As for me, I had a pretty good summer. My days were consumed with running (70 miles a week! No injuries!) and studying for the MCAT. On Saturdays I also interpreted Spanish at a free health clinic, which was an amazing experience. I hope to continue volunteering there after the XC season ends and I am done with college running (tear). Some of the team also got together for some summer training in Flagstaff where we ran up "Noelle's" famed mountain and read lot's of Women's Day magazines.
We go to camp for 5 days on September 3rd. This is definitely one of the highlights of the season - what's better than mile repeats at gorgeous Nicene, laying out at the beach all day, trail mix, Yahtzee, and friendship bracelets? Of course, there are the nighttime campfire traditions as well... :) I'm really sad that I won't get to spend too much time at camp - I take the MCAT September 7th and can't risk being sleep deprived nor miss last minute review so I will just be driving up to meet the team for the runs. However, once the MCAT is done with I will be able to focus 100% on running this fall since I won't begin applying to medical school until the end of next Spring. It will be a huge weight off my back once this test is over with.
Actually, all this talk about the MCAT is making me feel guilty - this has been a nice little break from going over yesterday's practice test (32!), but I do need to get back to it. All the coffee I just drank will only last for so long... hehe :)
Thanks for reading!