It’s All Over
It’s weird to think that the last time I blogged, I had just come back from Junior Nationals and was still on spring break. I still had the spring term ahead of me as a senior! Now, I’m writing this as an…alumni. It’s still weird (really, really weird) to think I’m done with high school. Forever. It hasn’t hit me; I’m still waiting.
So, what did happen in the last two months? In short: lots. Here are five of the big things…
1: I ran track alongside the Telstar team, but only competed in two meets because of knee injuries. I went and saw a doctor and I’m on a much better path now ready for summer training. I closed my high school track career by breaking my PR in the 3200 meter (2 mile) by 5 seconds! My new time is 11:20 and I’m so happy about that. Thank you to Dan Crooker, my coach for the spring, for everything he helped me through. I couldn’t have done it without him.
2: The Bates ski team continued to grow!!! Six freshman girls committed to Bates (one of them being my best friend, Tara Humphries who graduated from Burke Mountain Academy) and I believe all but one will be entering in the fall; the sixth is taking a PG year. Not only does this mean an AWESOME team, but I’m going to have so many training partners and opportunities with all of them and I cannot wait for that.
3: Continuing on the Bobcat theme… I got my training plan!!!! I know, some people (a lot of people, actually) think I’m crazy for being excited for a 450 hour training plan with some OD’s getting up to 4 hours, but I’m SO excited. This “college” thing is becoming so real. I’ve filled out rooming info, have my training plan, and have goals I’m working towards. I’ve never been so excited to train!
4: I spent a lot of hours lounging in the sun and relaxing with friends before we parted our separate ways. A lot (and I mean a lot) of tears were shed in the two weeks leading up to graduation and even more on that special day. It’s weird being home and not being able to walk next door to my best friend’s room to borrow clothes or just talk. We’re all over the world doing our own things and we will continue to do so. We’ll stay connected, catch up, and be a part of each others lives for many years to come. For now, though, I’m still in the “I really, really, really miss my friends” stage which is resulting in a lot of texting, Snapchats, phone calls, and Facebook conversations to see how we’ve been in the 10 days since we’ve last seen each other.
5: I graduated!!! I’m officially a Gould alumni. Graduation was so much fun (it also doubled as my 18th birthday which made it that much more memorable). I had so many friends and family come from all over to celebrate that special day and it meant the world to me that you all were there. Mother Nature held off on the tropical storm that was supposed to be in the forecast and let sunny skies shine. Hundreds of pictures, a lot of tears, and countless hugs in a short time will remind me of that day forever.
I honestly couldn’t imagine myself anywhere other than Gould for this last year. I feel like I’ve been here for so much longer than these short nine months, but I wouldn’t trade them for anything. So to Ms. Andreozzi, thank you for having lunch with me that day in Rangeley- the first Gould interview I ever had. Thank you for calling me last July and telling me that you hired a Nordic coach. To Nick: thank you for calling multiple times asking me if I wanted to come down for an interview. To everyone else who helped me along the way (especially my mom and sisters): thank you. I couldn’t have done it without each and every one of you.
Here are some photos from graduation. One final time: thank you to everyone who helped me along the way. You guys rock.