Sunday, May 16, 2010
The last 12 days have been a whirlwind of hours, travel, sweat, fun and kettlebells. Starting on
May 4th Laura and I flew to Venice Italy for the first ever RKC Italia! What an amazing experience. We knew it was gong to be a passionate group but they were above and beyond what we had imagined. There was no such thing as a group dinner on just one night. No everybody ate together all 3 nights. We were treated like kings and queens at a local restaurant were for 20 euros we ate until we wanted to stop! It was unreal. The whole time getting looks from the rest to people trying to eat. Just imagine 40 people that think the trashing of a RKC weekend is a good time. Now make them Italians, then turn the volume up and you might begin to get the idea. True to RKC form we have made life long friends. It felt like home.
Laura and I are already talking about our next trip. We were able to spend a couple of days on both sides of the cert in Venice. What a surreal place. It wasn't nearly long enough though but it sure got the wheels spinning.
After Venice was the long flight home. Which thanks to Iceland and the volcano left an hour late and took 2 1/2 hours longer than normal. It's always bad to land an hour after your connecting flight has left!! Luckily we were rescheduled on a flight 4 hours after our original. This had us walking in our front door some 28 hours after we took off.
3 days after getting back from Italy I was scheduled to teach a big HKC in La Jolla with Franz, Yoana, and Keats Snideman. I have to say I was really worried about recovering from jet lag in time to give it my best. It took about ten minutes to get in the groove and then it was off the the races! When under stress your body reverts to training:) We had a great group of candidates and a tremendous group of instructors. The weather was perfect the kettlebells were flying and we all had a great time.
After the HKC we had a group dinner where I piled in a ton of food then we hit the road for the 31/2 hour trip home. Hit the 11:00pm traffic in LA that added a hour to the trip and we walked in the house at 1 am this morning. Slept for 9 hours and I'm feeling pretty damn good. I'm going to jump on the motorcycle and take a spin and kick back for the rest of the day. 3 weeks until HKC Seattle.
I have to give special thanks to Laura Sacks RKC, for being a great instructor, supporter and secretary. I love you!