Last night was practice with the team. Tuesdays from now until the fall are 1 mile repeats on a very hilly loop. It’s pure torture. Everyone on the team hates them…but loves them because we know how good they are for our training.
And, as you can see by the photo, they make us a bit silly…that’s “fast girl” hamming it up for me!
But since I’m on a taper this week, I met the team for the warm-up and then coach sent me off to do 6 x 600m downslopes with jog back recovery. The idea is that you’re getting fast leg turnover, in prep for the race, but without the hard work work because the turnover is coming from the hill not your own power. It’s a good taper workout. In total I did 10 miles last night.
So last week I had my language proficiency test for French…to be officially considered a bilingual employee at work. This is an important designation to have here in Ottawa as we are the capital of the country and English and French are the official languages of our government…and Ottawa, being nestled against the French speaking province of Quebec, means I have a lot of French speaking people around me – at work and in life in general.
So I went through the proficiency exam/interview last week – I was so nervous even though everyone told me I would do just fine. Where I work, in order to be considered bilingual, you need to achieve at least an A- and you are considered as fluent as someone whose first language is French with an A+. My results…drum roll….I got an A in expression and A+ in comprehension!! WOOHOO!!
Meanwhile, this was Abby this morning when I got out of bed…