I am starting PT school in August. I am so so so excited. I am going to be a Physical Therapist in three years. When I graduated from undergrad 10 years ago, I never pictured myself going to graduate school and here I am about to start. Starting school is a huge step in my life and my family's life. I will be busy for 2 1/2 years and then ready to start my career. Three years may seem like a long time to people, but I know it can go very fast. Eric and I were talking this weekend about where we want to be after I graduate and the "where" really did mean "WHERE?".
I love the town I live in. We moved here when my oldest daughter was 3 months old. But, when we bought our house it was under the assumption that we would upgrade in 7-10 years.
Here we are, 8 years later and our house is only worth what our mortgage is sitting at. Thank you housing market crash for ruining our plans. The schools are great here and we live in a good location for training. I have a nice rail trail 5 miles away from my house that I can bike to. I have run so many runs on this trail that I know it like the back of my hand.
I can go on a bike ride from my house that will be full of hills and little traffic. I love all this for training. But, what I do not love is that it is cold and snowy way too long in Massachusetts. I was on my bike trainer into March this year and did one too many long runs on my treadmill.
That was about 5 months of being on the trainer. UGH! I know it could be worse, but I also know it can be better!
So now, the conversations have started. Where should we move after I graduate? I am LOVING training for the Ironman so know this is only my beginning. Where can I live that I can train closer to year round outside? Here in Massachusetts, we have run clubs everywhere. There are only a few triathlon clubs. I have read blogs about others having large triathlon clubs where they live, where are you located? Where can I find good running trails and fun bike rides with limited traffic? Hills, no snow, training partners, and miles of beautiful trails. I know you exist somewhere! Oh, and I can't forget good races. I can tell you about all the great local Massachusetts races so I am sure you all have great local races that make living in your community that much more fun.
And, training is obviously, not my only priority when looking for a new place to call home. Where can I find a this type of community combined with good schools and jobs? I know I may not find the best of everything, but I would love to hear about where you live and why I would want to live there. Share with everyone why you live in the perfect place for endurance training.