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Day 73 – Back in the rain

For some reason it always has to rain in Ireland. One way or another.
Today its literally been pouring down all morning and noon.  The emotional rain drops… where do I begin?

We moved into a new student house, that’s really filthy and disgusting. Like pulling out a drawer and get sticky fingers disgusting. I’ve spent the afternoon yesterday trying to clean up a bit in the kitchen and the first night vacuuming the floor in our room. Thou, the old vacuum mostly seemed to push the dirt around.

I also came back to my FighterGirl classes, which I had really missed this summer. So was looking forward to see the girls again. Unfortunately not that mutual, as only a couple came back the first week. (But super happy to see them of course!). Also the instructor who’ve been covering for me, decided to set up his own thaiboxing classes in the same gym. I suggested he could make it a mens only class, so we wouldn’t be competing with each other, but he refused. So am very disappointed in both him and the gym! Same thing happened last summer, where I had a guy covering my classes during summer. When I came back, he wouldn’t give them back.
Irish people seem eager enough to help, just to stab you in back, at first given opportunity!

On the bright side, it has been nice to see the two friends I’ve made over here. They both look great and it’s been good to catch up.

My own situation seems a little bleak and dark at the moment, and it’s been frustrating to come home to, but on the other hand, I guess this gives me a push to pursue other avenues of work and things to spend my time on, while in Cork.

Training past week:
Saturday: 8K run + Ocean swim
Friday: Ocean Swim
Thursday: FighterGirl Class
Wednesday: Ocean Swim
Tuesday: FighterGirl Class

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Day 74 – Afraid of the dark

I will get to the 100 days.. eventually!!

I’ve picked up swimming, more specifically, I’m trying to re-learn crawl. Just two weeks in, and things seems to be getting a tiny bit better every time I’m in the water, but I’m kind of facing a different problem now:
I’m afraid of the dark, in the water.
Dark patches of seaweed, murky water etc.

I have no idea how to conquer this. Today I was swimming above long stretches of short, dark green seaweed. It actually looked quite peaceful and pretty, but some where inside me (instinct maybe?), I get this little voice saying hurry up. And I get in to a small panic mode, and all thoughts on swim technique goes out and only moving fast forward becomes important.
It’s really frustrating.

Other than that, it’s a great challenge. Makes me interested and alert, and I love how I can feel small differences every time I jump in the water. (Just not above darkness). I still need a lot correction, both with my shoulders and my breathing, but at least I’m not thinking I’m gonna drown anymore. (Win!)

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At the country side

Life is often good – mostly quiet, but always far away from everything (or so it feels like).

Like – Tuesday my boss from Womens Fitness asked if I could come in Wednesday for two classes and some PT sessions. I actually would have liked to do the classes, but being 1 hour drive away, gas alone would have cost what I get paid for two hours= Not the best argument to get Liam to start the car (or just starting the car all together).
Now this was just one instance of which – had I been closer, it would have been easier to say yes. But just in general – it’s hard to plan job interviews, to look for galleries or nice cafe for my photo exhibition.

However, one thing I’m pretty close to is nature: Yesterday we were out at the beach, body boarding and swimming. (Had about 20 minutes of fun in the water, and after about 2 hours of fun de-frosting). Later that evening, I witness a slug devour a bit of orange and a flock of happy dolphins swimming and jumping by our house. (I assume they were happy… looked happy while jumping and flipping in the water).

Besides swim and body boarding, week offered a bit of everything:

Monday: Kettlebell & Boxercise classes at Womens Fitness
Tuesday: Skipping and Tyrkish Get Ups (16kg). Tried with the bar, but only got ½ up. Next week baby!!
Wednesday: Barefoot beach sprints (10x 100, 10x 50 + 2500m warm up/ normal runs) + Beach style Kettlebell. For some reason I run faster barefoot (on the beach), that I do on the track. Even it rips the skin on my toes, it’s just such a wonderful feeling. Just like being a kid again.. invincible and full of energy. (I actually hurt something in my left leg – so much for being an adult! 😦 )
Thursday: Swim & body boarding
Friday: House cleaning & Internet poetry (blogging 😉 )
Saturday: Tomorrow I have a date with Caitling and a Kettlebell + hopefully, pads at Brucies!!

Sometimes I miss living in Copenhagen: Close to everything – gym, thaiboxing, beach, friends – and I guess opportunities!! But then again, neighbourhood wasn’t that good (no nice spots except for the graveyard!!), apartment boring (ground floor = no view) and my love across the ocean.
On the country side – far away from everything: View is amazing, I live with the Love – and did I mention, we’re far away from everything!!

Life on the countryside can be a pretty one!

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