This is my trainers favorite cone. His name is Kenny (the cone not the trainer). He was placed here because today I drove like shit and, for the first time ever, I drove over a cone. Brad got out Kenny so I wouldn’t kill him.
The wall is real and today I hit the first of what I’m sure will be many walls.
After I ate lunch today, I went into the bathroom and had a full on breakdown. I sobbed like a baby because I just needed to get it out. 9 days straight sleeping in an uncomfortable bed, using muscles I haven’t used in a long time, learning new skills and having higher than normal expectations of myself, generally just beating myself up for not being farther along, and I was just done. I know I should be more forgiving but I’m not. So today, I just needed to have a good cry and start again.
I don’t regret my decision to come here so it’s not about that. Today was just a bad day all around for no other reason than the fact that I’m just exhausted mentally and physically, and I know I will have those days.
I’ve progressed on my pre-trip inspection to the point where I only have two more sections to master and then I’ll be golden. My test is set for Tuesday so I have time.
The rest of the afternoon my trainer let me just chill. He knew I was stressed and got some bad news about a friend. I needed to get my head straight and I wasn’t able to salvage anything except…
I parallel parked a freaking semi truck! It was the high point of my day. It was the last thing I did before leaving the training pad.
Being front Chicago, I know a thing or two about parallel parking. In a car I can pretty much get into anything. In a semi with a 53′ trailer it’s a much different ballgame. The mechanics are the same but you have a pivot point between your trailer and your tractor, so it takes a bit more finesse to make it happen.
My first try I came in a bit too sharp. My second try I didn’t cut in hard enough and swung the rear of my trailer out of the box. My third try…perfection. It was sexy as hell, if I do say so myself.
So after the lows of the day I ended with that one high spot so averaging it out I’m still taking today as a win. Tomorrow is another day and this tired girl is ready for bed and hopefully for a decent nights sleep.
Until next time my lovelies.