Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Aftermath...

So camp is over and I am back in Hawaii... I got the best hug ever from Moana when she came to get me at the airport yesterday. She is so sweet. Before I left for AZ I kept telling her that I was going away for a little while but that I would come back. Last night before bed she looked at me and said You came back. Indeed. I reminded her that I might go away sometimes but that I would always come back.

What's interesting and what I did not expect (or maybe I just didn't think about it enough?) was how much emotional energy I would spend at camp... and how much I might need to decompress when I got home. But when you're gone for 12 days you actually come home and sort of owe a lot of people a lot of time and energy... but when you just spent all your energy on your athletes it can be fairly tough to manage. I swear all weekend I was 'on'... every training session was more than just a physical test... Training with people all the time (especially when I was in charge and felt responsible) was way more mentally and emotionally draining than simply heading out on my own for a solo session. I was worthless by the time I got home yesterday. Seriously just skipped dinner and curled up in a little ball and went to bed. Luckily Scott totally understood that (he was surprised I was still awake at 7PM). I slept 10 hours last night and woke up today ready to play catch up. :)

Camp was absolutely one of the highlights of my year... totally awesome... so awesome in fact that I am already planning my next one! Though I will tell you, right now I am seriously looking forward to getting back to some of my normal solo training simply to decompress. I'm thinking an easy jog this afternoon is going to start that process!


Steve said...

Time away from family is hard I know. I don't like to do it. I like my little routine. :)

Glad you had a good time though, and it is always good to get back to normal sometimes.

I like getting out of normal to shake things up, and returning back is nice too.

Change the shoes of life up once in a while you know. :)

Good luck Michelle with everything. :)


Damie said...

oh. I can only imagine your physical and mental fatigue of the travel, training, and coaching. Glad you are home safe with your family. xo

Iron Krista, "The Dog Mom" said...

I was wondering how your first day home was! I can only imagine how spent you were… AND we weren't even that BAD to you Sunday night ;)

Thanks for everything! I can't wait until the next one.

Teresa said...

Camps with athletes are a blast. But it is definitely work. You need a few days off now. Welcome home. ;)

Jennifer Harrison said...

OH I know, isn't that the truth! I swear, I would be totally OUT of it for days upon my return and usually got sick...just so much ON and GO...after 14 days and camps...So, enjoy some downtime!