Thursday, 30 May 2013

Summer vacations here I come! (Part-1)

I finally finished the first year of my engineering course today. It has been filled with a lot of ups and downs. If I had to choose which would be a better semester in the first year, I would definitely go with the 2nd semester.

First semester was a nightmare. Having joined the college later than others left me racing against time to cover up. This obviously resulted in a lot of stress and hating myself for changing colleges. Math which had been my strongest subject was now my Achilles' heel. Studying Computers was like asking Homer Simpson to write a thesis on modern physics!
Unlike studies, Cycling during this period was growing like the load line regulation of a zener diode (I have studied way too much electronics, so bare with me.). After the podium finish in the May BBCh I joined the Kynkyny development team, at that moment I was the most excited kid on planet earth. I started training with the SKCT guys and learnt a ton load of knowledge. Come october was the Nandi uphill race, which is my favourite as I'm very skinny which gives me a natural advantage to kick some heavy ass. With figuring out the paperwork that comes alongside changing colleges and figuring out how to study, I was left to turn to my mortal nemesis, Commuting, to gather as much training as possible. Surprsingly I finished 6th overall and won the Cat-2.
After the win, I was able to convince my parents to buy myself a trainer, which so happens to be the greatest gift to mankind (according to me at least). With the trainer arriving 2 weeks before the November criterium and the crumbs of motivation from the win last month, I gave a good performance in that race ( finished 9th out of 10 who finished and 9 DNFs). December went by as fast as the old B/W movies.
January brought in the first semester exams with that the constant hair ripping and about a million cups of tea (Never really got used to coffee hence the tea). Fortunately I was able to pull through and scored 8.86 in the first semester.

Holidays after the first semester were a little short of a disaster. I was enlisted to attend the Inter-University championships, which I was looking forward to after missing out the state championships in September. After 2 days into the training camp, it hit me like a menhir that the championship would be hosting only track events and not road races. Track racing was as alien to me as Math and computer of first semester. Following the horrible experience at the championships I returned home on the eve of my birthday. Rode to the Nandi uphill to celebrate my 18th birthday and decided to turn over a new leaf the following semester. And that's the story so far.


1 comment:

  1. Abbreviations used :
    BBCh - Bangalore Bicycle Championships
    SKCT - Specialized Kynkyny Cycling Team
    B/W - Black and white