I’m back home after spending 2.5 weeks in the San Francisco Bay Area.
This trip was and still is a big deal. I was away from home, away from MLH, Abigail & Madeleine, and away from my safe, protective bubble that fosters my highly desired minimal social interaction and relatively gentle days. The reasons for taking this trip — helping a friend with her wedding and visiting friends — shifted my daily focus and schedule.
Indeed I was able to find a great deal of comfort thanks to two constants: close friends and my training. I’m extremely blessed to have very dear friends, with quite a few of them residing in Northern California. They know about Noah and know me very well. Aside from my training and a few other activities I spent most of my waking hours with these individuals. I greatly missed MLH, Abigail & Madeleine and found myself somewhat unsettled by not being in my bubble of a home, but spending quality time with these friends provided a new type of sanctuary.
I was pretty successful in keeping up my training while traveling. I was challenged with completing only two assigned sessions, and I had to cut three others a little short but not enough to count them as failures. As expected, when I decided to use Pete, I managed to spend a couple swim sessions with him which was awesome. Also, a good friend of mine who has a swim video business filmed me in the pool. (Swimmers and triathletes benefit greatly from being filmed in the water. Coaches have a tremendously effective tool for identifying areas of improvement.) And after watching my video, Pete was able to provide very specific feedback on my form; what an improvement I’ve made already!
I’m so delighted and thankful I had the opportunity to help a very good friend with her wedding and celebrate such a joyous life event with her as well as spend lots of quality time with other dear friends. And I’m grateful I could still train and maintain my special time with Noah while away from home. I believe I had a good trip, and as much as I’m extremely happy to be back home with MLH, Abigail & Madeleine, I do think the trip was good for me.