Spring break of my sophomore year has come and gone as I write this Sunday evening before starting class again tomorrow morning. It’s been a nice little break with equal amounts of academic laziness and high quality training here in Syracuse. I’m excited for the coming summer after spending this past week with my teammates in the uncharacteristically warm weather.
Over spring break I was able to do quite a lot of work in the lab, failing to go in only on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday out of the past eleven days. By the end of the week I needed a mental break more than anything since what I’ve been doing for what seems like forever hasn’t really worked. I do think I know what needs to be changed in the procedure now so tomorrow will hopefully work out much better.
I had my first casino experience over spring break as well when we went to Turning Stone Casino. My experience confirmed my belief that I’m not much of a gambler preferring to make my way through life slowly and steadily instead of with risky leaps and bounds of fortune. Taking $80 I was never more than $15 down and ended up only losing $1.05 to the casino, which I doubt is a feat that many people can ever say they have managed. I don’t really believe in luck (or rather fate) so it’s fitting that I didn’t win I guess. Slot machines remain even more incomprehensible to me. Roulette, a game of obvious chance where I can do the calculations of my losing in my head gave a much greater rush but mainly because the minimum bet was $5. I couldn’t help thinking about the odds the whole time and the fact that with every play I could be losing $5. So overall, while losing $2.05 on the slots I gained $1.00 at the roulette table.
For training, we did a good track workout on Wednesday and then actually went to Tully for a workout/longrun on Saturday. Despite some troubles through this winter I think this spring will be the time when I finally have a breakthrough in my racing.