14 Jul New York City
It is down to my last few days in the USA and I’ve been in NYC for almost two weeks now.
I think I prefer NYC when I’m visiting as compared to living here. Maybe it’s a good thing the gig at Row New York didn’t work out. I don’t think I would enjoy living in NYC. I find NYC too overwhelming. It is absolutely crowded everywhere and places where it is not crowded, you don’t want to be in.
I haven’t rowed since Boston and honestly, I can’t wait to get my hands on those oars again. But I’ve been running and cycling alot and I really hope I find my path to becoming a competitive athlete again one day. It has been way too long since I haven’t felt the adrenaline in my body and the nerves of being at the start line of a race. I have come to learnt that I am born to race.
Actually, no. I have done a race recently. I raced in the 4th of July Firecracker Race on Grosvenor’s Island, NYC. It was a muggy day, not as hot as how Singapore would be but the humidity was pretty mad. I think I started off too fast, my first 1km was 3:58mins/km (lol). But later tried my best to keep it in the 4:30s. I finished with a time of 44:25mins which is 14s off my PB but I did that PB in Sydney on a cool morning and I was probably 10kg lighter 4 years ago. So considering that I haven’t been running THAT much, and that I was tired by the end of the race but not dying, I am pretty impressed. I came in 8th in the Female category and 4th in my age group (damn for turning 30 because endurance races favour the old somehow).
Anyway, I’ve been looking at Sport Psychology PhD programmes and I realised that it has been a long time since I studied, done any research or wrote an academic essay. It sounds like it is going to be a big challenge if I choose to take this path but you know what? Bring it on.