Spending the week in Seattle gave me a lot of clarity in what I want to do, it was also an amazing, fun and all round brilliant experience. I was introduced to the parents on the first day as “Our guest coach from Canada” which of course had them giving me weird looks when I started speaking, needless to say I set them all straight by telling them “Oh didn’t you know, this is the new Canadian accent” to which one witty parent responded “Oh so you are down here from Whistler for the week?!” Yes really! Who knew that stereotype of Aussies actually extended beyond the border.
The second highlight of my trip was getting to go on one of the Seattle club rides, at this point in time I need to say thanks to Christina, Karen and Rachel for taking me on a “post work” ride that came close to doing me in! As we were pedaling up the FSR on Tiger Mountain the Ladies debated the fact that I need to go all the way to the top, then elected Christina to accompany me. The view was worth it! From there we headed down a trail that was almost like a downhill single track pump track, can anyone say fun! We then regrouped with the other two ladies and proceeded down another fun trail. When we finally shot out onto the FSR I was secretly happy as I figured the ride must be close to done. Let’s be honest, coaching for 7 hours a day, then going for a reasonable sized pedal wasn’t my smartest idea.