Apologies for the randomness of the topics:
Training is going well. Last week I rode a total of 60 km including 3 consecutive days with mileage (kilometreage?) of 15km, 20km, and 25 km. The race distance is 20 km. I am covering 20 km in about 50 minutes. I am thinking the bike part will go well. I am swimming the 275 meters regularly in a little more than 7 minutes. Of course I am doing all my swimming in a pool not in a lake. I don’t know what effect swimming in the lake will have on me. I may be faster not having to worry about turns or I may be slower knowing that I can just stop and put my feet on the floor if I need to. The run is what may do me in–I think I can firmly say that I am not a runner. I don’t think it is a cardiovascular issue as I can swim and bike with minimal issues so it must be my technique. My problem is that I am a horrible jogger. I run at the speed I run until I can’t run anymore. It is not a flat out sprint, but it is definitely faster than a jog. My 5k time currently is around 40 minutes, but I do really well that first kilometer. I usually end up walking a large part in the middle and then run really well at the end. As my only goals are to finish and to not finish last, I think I will succeed.
I am taking the MCAT in January. For real. I was going to take it August 12 which is next week, but there is no way I am going to be ready for it by then. Organic Chemistry took up more time than I thought it would, and I really need to have a good MCAT score to sort of off-set my GPA. So this fall, I am not taking any classes, just working regularly and starting in September MCAT studying. September and October–content review. November, December, January practice exams and review of exams. That’s the plan. I’ll keep you updated on how it goes.
I am not a social butterfly, and I am perfectly OK with that, but I know that I could very easily end up as an old hermit with only animals for company. I try to make it a point to see my friend Kristie and her husband and kids at least once a month. Darcy is 2; Sydni is almost 4. They love me (It’s because I am awesome), and Kristie is one of my closest friends. (We met at college; she lived 3 doors down from me our freshman year). It is important to me to have people in my life that truly know me since I am not that easy to get to know.
My best friend from childhood lives in Charleston and I try to see her at least twice a year. It not that easy though. Even though Charleston is not too terribly far away, our schedules never seem to work out.
I have a boyfriend…I call him the sometimes boyfriend because that is how much I see him–sometimes. It’s no one’s fault–work schedules (mine and his) and kids make it a not so normal relationship. I would like (sometimes) to be able to spend more time with him, but I understand having children makes things difficult. It is very rare that we spend the night together. I would not consider moving in with him and I am ambivalent about marriage. I know (eventually) a decision will have to be made, but we can put it off for a few more years (Its only been 5 after all). My entire adult life I have said that I don’t want to get married until I am finished with school because I don’t want to have the responsibility of being a wife and a student. I have been in school more or less my entire adult life. Coincidence, I think not. Maybe one day I will have everything figured out; probably not though. BUT since having children is not a priority of mine, I do not have a biological clock ticking away. AND I have at least two friends who dated their significant others for 12 years prior to getting married–so plenty of time for my to make a decision.