Archive | January, 2015

Diary of a Pregnant Reporter

3 Jan

I’m not going into details, I swear. But after about a year-long hiatus from the blog (yikes! I did make it out of Russia. Sorry to leave you hanging!) I’m back on the road again for my first work trip of the 2014/2015 winter season, and this time, with a little something brewing in the belly.

While this shouldn’t affect my reporting (unless I have to find a find a “facility” in the middle of a race … guys have it so good), I’ve noticed a couple changes in my regular ski-reporting routine so far:

1. My ski clothes are definitely tighter. And I don’t know how much longer they can take it. I’ll need a new wardrobe or look of some kind soon. Don’t judge me if I default to full-on snow pants.

2. On the flip side, packing just got a lot easier! Whatever fits, makes the cut. Now I just need to find a laundromat…

3. My brain might go foggy. If I forget your name, for instance, don’t take it personally. I thought it was a wives’ tale (haha, get it) that women lose their minds when they’re pregnant, and while I’m happy to announce I still have a decent amount of mine, I have blank moments. It could be the baby, or here in Houghton (on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula) my brain could be literally frozen.

4. Just when I thought it wasn’t possible, I’m an even slower skier this year. Ironic that I’m one of the faces of FasterSkier.com. Good thing my coworkers are in much better shape.

5. And I’m OK with all this. Getting big, huffing and puffing on the flats, being hungry 100 percent of the time, it’s all good! I’m excited for what the rest of the year brings, from this next week at U.S. Cross Country Nationals in Houghton (my first time here) to World Championships in Sweden followed by Biathlon World Champs in Finland, to the due date of my first kid on June 1.

It’s going to be an interesting winter; I’ll share some of the funnier or more interesting stories about events or places along the way. Thanks for bearing with me!

Skiing and dining (minus the "wine-ing") at Bretton Woods, N.H.

Skiing, then wining and dining (minus the wine) at Bretton Woods and the Mt. Washington Resort in New Hampshire in mid-December. 

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