Thursday, March 28, 2013

40 some days

My days as a free spirit, doing nothing but run and play all day are over :-)

In 40 some days I am starting how to prepare for school and racing? Or just school? Or do I even have time to do anything else?

During my quest to find a program in health care I also looked into PT programs in a addition to nursing...but the thought of going to school for 3 years full time, 8-5, summer and winter - that just didn't sound right for me. I think Nursing will be a great fit to combine my love for health care with my love for sports.

I am so so happy that I got into this very fast paced nursing program at NAU. Most accelerated programs are either super expensive or they go for up to 2 years. NAU is a one year program, done in May 2014. And it is affordable (some of the programs I explored at other schools were up to 50.000 $ a year) - no sitting on loans.

Now the only question was: will I have enough time to train? Swim, bike and run? 

Yesterday I signed up for my classes and to my surprise I have a day off every week :-) Classes will be held Mon/Tue/Wed and Fri, with all except for Friday being half days. I really like what I hear so far...I know in any accelerated program there will be lots of "out-of-classroom" work, but I am ready. It might take me a while to get adjusted to the new schedule but I truly believe that I can add a few triathlons for my fall break (August 8th-28th).

Luckily being a student in Flagstaff also means I have access to the track, to a brand new fitness center where I can work on my strength, flexibility or fit in a speed session on the treadmill, and a 50 meter pool that I can go to for free.

So guess what: I bought a hiking backpack that I will go to school with. So I have room for everything from books to swimsuit :-) I thought about using my ZOOT Transition bag...

Maybe I will turn into one of those kids that lives at the library...or I will do all my studying in the gym and just live there...

Anyways as of now, my racing schedule looks like I will be running in races until August and then I will jump into some Olympic and Halfironman races. Thankfully the summer in Flagstaff is beautiful and I can exercise at any time of the day. And hopefully the 7000 ft elevation will give me an extra boost while racing.


Beth said...

If anyone can do it all (with a smile on their face no less!), it's YOU! I'm sure you will find a great balance. Have fun with your last 40 days! :)

Damie said...

so proud of you and best of luck!!!! you can do this....I think it was a smart choice. keep us updated!