After a long drive back from Austria I arrived back on UK soil. It took 11 hrs solid with only 20 mins out of the car for driver change overs. Every time I have ever driven across Europe it doesn't matter how long you give yourself you always seem to be wondering if you will make it to the ferry on time. Then a little drive into Essex for an overnight stopover before reaching Warwickshire on Tuesday afternoon.
With such a long drive there is much opportunity to think about the adventure I have just been on. I was so happy to be home but it just felt lonely without my trusted steed wandering about the place, well perhaps steed is a little extreme for popster. I had a few hours before I could go and pick her up. In that time even though I was tired I could not sit down for a minute. I wondered about the garden, the house and back to the garden like a lost soul.
Coming out of the competing bubble is very strange. I have been in a high stress and pressure environment for a couple of weeks and now it was gone. I had been thinking and dreaming about this trip the racing for months and months. Most of my waking and sleeping thoughts have been about one thing.
Hmmm so now I have found myself just staring into space, watching the clouds float past, and generally watching the world go past. Time seems much slower.
To keep my brain occupied and for me not to over analyse what went on I decided to go back to work. I was not looking forward to going in, thinking people would be asking questions... It turned out to be much better than I thought it would and once again my work colleagues surprised me with the care they showed.
I still feel deflated but perhaps I would have done however I would have done.
Now though I have so much time to fill... With no training to go to ... Well it feels strange and serial.
I have a lot to look forward to over the coming weeks. I shall be having a little tour of the UK visiting schools in my athlete mentor role. I hope to catch up with some friends and then there is the small matter of a book launch at the end of July. Eeek!
The best thing about being at home is seeing this happy face bounce around me. Now to take some time out, repair the body and seek happy thoughts about getting back in a boat!