February 23, Saturday. Woke up early, ate breakfast, went for a run, showered, packed the car and the road trip begun! My in-laws live on the other side of Estonia, which translates into 250 kilometres on the road. I know, compared to some bigger countries, this distance is nothing. But for me, for any Estonian, it’s quite a lot. I have been driving for about 2 months and this kind of distance is still comparable to an ultrarun if you ask me. If you consider the state of the roads right now, it’s not really a joyride. The day was a bit foggy, cloudy, damp. I was driving on the Tallinn-Tartu highway for quite a long time. This is considered to be one of the most dangerous roads in Estonia because everyone is always in a hurry and cars speed past each other. I had one dangerous moment when a car passed and I didn’t see anything for 5 seconds because it splashed a bucket of water onto my windscreen. It was a nervous ride because of all the other drivers who were passing me even when I was driving with maximum permitted speed…
Anyhow, I wanted to write about the mindset of a road trip. I am a nutritionist but for some reason, I was waiting for the stops on the road, the gas stations that offer different kinds of food. I was thinking about them already a few days before the trip. I was excited to go inside them. I was longing to grab a bite from them. That’s odd. Well, actually the food is not that awful in them. I ate quite a decent wrap, for instance. Didn’t buy any coffee though. I had taken coffee from home in an insulated mug. It lasted quite well. The gas station stops? OK, but not so great as I had anticipated. Once I was inside, I realised that I don’t need to eat all that junk. Fortunately, I could walk away from the station with only one wrap in my hand.
Our first stop was only about 20 km from our home because we needed some fuel. After this, we drove 110 km, which is a lot more I thought I could handle without stopping. Then we stopped for hot wraps and ate them standing up outside. Yes, there were chairs and tables inside but we needed some fresh air and sitting down was the last thing I wanted to do. My gluteus muscles were quite dead from the sitting, not to mention the state of my trapezius muscles and my neck. The break did make it better but an hour later I was almost falling asleep behind the wheel and had images dancing in front of my eyes. The truth is that it’s much easier to drive in town. The road numbs your mind. It did improve as we listened to investment podcasts and discussed the future of our company. But breaks are much more crucial than any talk or activity inside the car. You need to get out of the car and stretch yourself!
1. Own and live in a house.
Not a very productive working day but we did discuss the future of our company and devised a clever training plan for the spring. If all goes well, we can significantly increase our turnover. I will be teaching people how to plan their own (healthy) menu and my husband will be teaching massage therapists. It will be great! In addition, we were listening to investment podcasts that I downloaded just for this trip. It’s good to educate yourself about money matters.
2. Write AND publish a book.
I didn’t write a single word. I did start reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat. Pray. Love. Last year, one of my friends told me that I should write down my adventures in the same style as she did. I have written more than 60 pages already but haven’t read her work. When we reached our destination, my sister-in-law’s house (my husband’s parents live in the same area), scanning their bookshelf for something interesting to read was the first thing I did. Decided to get to know her style and see if there’s something to learn from it. So far, I would say “yes, there is”. She has found an engaging way to talk about a difficult period in her life.
3. Win a major race.
Tough run in horrible weather. The wind! The wind has been bad on those days when I have had a tough workout planned. Warm-up, 8 km fast, cool-down, total 13 km. I couldn’t keep up the speed but at least I completed the workout. I had many such moments when I thought that I’d just do half of it. I had to keep convincing myself that I can keep going. I’m glad I did it.