So this week has been the craziest week I’ve had for a while. I had great news on Monday (10th) afternoon when I got a phone call from the US embassy saying that they had printed out my 5 year visa into my passport and I should receive it in a day or two by courier! I was so stoked to finally hear it! However his meant that someone had to always be home to sign off the package in case the courier came. So for the next two days Mum and I took it in turns being on house arrest, waiting for the sound of crunching gravel as a van pulled in. We were both very excited but nervous, waiting and hoping for it to arrive. I had reserved flights for the 15th of November, in other words that Saturday. On Thursday (13th) Mum and I started to ring around asking the courier company if they had it or not. Sadly they hadn’t seen it and after calling the US embassy we discovered they still hadn’t sent it out! At 4:30 on Thursday they finally sent it out to the courier company who for what ever reason decided to send it on a holiday up to Sydney… Yep not ideal. So my passport managed to catch the first flight down on Friday morning to Albury where it was then driven to Wangaratta. Once I heard it was there I was eager to take it out of everyone else’s control, so I drove the hour to Wangaratta to pick it up with Mum. At 3:00pm on Friday I booked my flights and at 3:15pm Saturday afternoon I flew out to the US! It’s fair to say it was a whirlwind exit! Luckily I was already well prepared and packed!
I’ve landed in Bozeman, Montana now, my home away from home. I’m staying at the elite team coach’s house, which has already been a lot of fun. I spent my first day just taking it easy and catching up with old friends who live in the area and meeting my new teammates. There is a decent amount of snow but a little more is needed. It’s been really cold here, I left Australia after a string of +30C days and arrived into -25C. It’s been a big temperature adjustment! The plan is to take the next few days really easy before before hitting the road on the 22nd and heading off for a training camp and then the first set of races!
Train hard, Rest easy, Live for the moment.