Trying to live a healthier lifestyle; a more active lifestyle.
A couple weeks ago I participated in the inaugural Glass Slipper Challenge at Disney World. It was a great time to get out of the state, cold, snow…..or attempt to.
I was to fly out on Thursday the 20th, the night of the last big snowy mess. We probably would have made it out on time had our flight crew not been delayed in Milwaukee due to lightning (I blame you Wisconsin!). Because they were delayed, we were initially delayed by 30-45 min. They show up, we all clap and cheer then shortly start the boarding process. Then everything comes to a screeching halt.
After we all get on the plane the pilot says the runway was shut down and needed to be cleared. So we sit for a little while…and a little while more. Finally the runway was cleared and opened but we need to wait for our “push back crew” to push us away from the gate so we can go to de-icing. So we sit and wait some more……and some more. At this point we’ve been sitting on the plane for a couple hours. Due to the new rules of not making people sit on the plane forever they allowed us to deplane and hang out at the gate for a little bit. Important information in that last sentence - “AT THE GATE”. Most people stayed by the gate, a lot went to find food or beverage but didn’t have to go a long way from the gate. About 15 minutes hanging out then they called us back onto the plane because the “push back crew” was ready for us. So we all get back on the plane…..then wait. Two people did not stay close to the gate and we had to wait for about 10 minutes for them and to figure out who just decided to leave the plane all together. Then we wait a little more.
Finally we’re pushed back from the gate and head over for de-icing. But because the plane sat for soooo long gathering all the snow that was coming down (which was a lot) the process took quite a long time. So long that the runway was shut down again. So we sat at the de-icing pad for a little bit, made our way to the runway and still sat and waited for the runway to open. And waited. And waited.
The pilot announces that the runway is now open, however, it’s two minutes past due for our flight plan, which means our flight plan is no longer valid. Back to the gate we go to get a new flight plan. But they can’t fly us to Orlando because that’s too far since the flight crew is pushing up against their allotted time for working, so they might fly us to Atlanta, find a crew, then send us down to Orlando. Ugh! A few minutes later the pilot announces that the flight has been cancelled. Great! I’ve never had to deal with a cancelled flight and trying to find another option. I’m silently freaking out. The two girls next to me came from Green Bay and were also doing the Glass Slipper so at least we could all stick together. Then the lady at the gate announces that the flight was cancelled and scheduled for 7am Friday morning, we’d be staying the night in the airport at the gate and leave fist thing in the morning. A relief, I didn’t have to figure out my own flight.
So we all de-plane, find our own little territories, and try to be one of the luck ones to get a pad to lay on. I did not do much sleeping, maybe an hour or two of actual sleep. 5am rolls around and everyone’s starting to wake up and move around again. I ditch the pad and gather my belongs to go find some food. Then it’s the waiting game all over again. We had to wait for our local flight crew to get out of their driveways. 7am comes and goes. 8am comes and goes. Finally! All of the flight crew has arrived, they are ready to board the plane. We board, we de-ice (again this took forever), we head out to the runway. We finally got off the ground around 9:30am Friday morning. A nice 13+ hour delay. I eventually arrived in Orlando around 1:00pm EST. I was exhausted, felt gross from wearing the same clothes for over 24 hours, but I still had to go to packet pick up. Got my stuff…
Took a couple pictures with Minnie and Snow White. Checked out all the race gear, then headed home to a much needed shower, meal, phone conversation, then bed early bed time. Like my cousin said, that weekend was going to be a true test of my endurance since I was starting already exhausted. I think I did a great job of getting back on my feet and and in to race mode.
I’ll post about my races and vacation soonish, I promise.
Home from vacation. Had a great weekend. I’m exhausted! Is it Friday yet?