From Montreal, to Toronto, to California!

Blogging is a new experience for me. We’ll see how it goes…

Since moving to Toronto last October, I feel like I have lost touch with a lot of people. Between working 40-hours per week and training full-time, I run out of time to reply to emails or return phone calls. Thank goodness for Facebook that sort of keeps me updated on what’s happening! It’s just not the same as picking-up the phone though…

So much has happened in the past 6 months that it feels like it was yesterday that I packed my stuff and my two cats to head to Canada’s largest city: Toronto! In a nutshell, I moved to Toronto to be able to train full-time with my coach, Bogdan Poprawski. I had been commuting between Montreal and Toronto on a monthly basis for the past year and things were going well. I even improved my personal best by over 3 meters, at age 31 no less. However, after I single-handedly took myself totally out of the competition at nationals last summer, I did a lot of thinking. Coming in as the favourite with a lead of over 5 meters on the field only to finish sixth with a distance that I used to throw when I was 18 sort of makes you re-evaluate a lot of things. It became clear to me that if I wanted to have a realistic shot at making the 2012 Olympic team, I needed to move to Toronto. By mid-August, my decision was made. I had no idea how I was going to make it happen, but my mind was made-up and there was no going back. Six weeks later, I had moved, I was employed, and I was ready to start breaking apart my technique piece by piece and rebuilding it slowly but surely.

Fast forward six months… It is now mid-April and I can safely say that moving to Toronto was the best thing I could have ever done. I cannot believe how fortunate I am to have an incredible coach who is always there, despite all the politics; to have an employer who is so awesome and accommodating with my schedule; to have training partners and co-workers who are supportive; and to have a great team of people who help me with the details (Frank “the man” my RMT, Anne-Marie my nutritionist, and Dr. Hays my sport psychologist). Now if I could just have a dishwasher, my life would be that much more perfect ; )

I am heading to California on Wednesday to compete at the University of California – San Diego Triton Invitational. I have never opened my season so late! We have only been able to throw outdoors twice so far and I will likely only get to throw outside once more before leaving. Despite all that, I have never headed into a meet so confident and yet so laid back at the same time. I am just looking forward to throwing discus in the California sun, get started on my Oakley tan lines, and enjoy every minute of it. Whatever happens happens! I’m not gonna lie though…  I am excited about escaping the hustle and bustle of my daily routine for a few days so much so that I already started packing. Anyone who knows me can attest that I absolutely, positively, dislike packing with a passion…  Is is Wednesday yet?  : )

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