As much as we all loved the time off from classes, homework, and exams, we must accept that this semester is now in full swing! What better way to start off a new year and new semester than having rock solid expectations for yourself! Having the new CoRec or “Dova,” as I have heard it been called, is the perfect place to head to burn some stress, steam, and calories! I have been taking full advantage of the enormous new building since it opened! I usually go ever morning right when it opens to get my morning jog in before my classes start. Now that I know my way around a little better, I haven’t gotten lost, but I’m sure if I ventured off it wouldn’t take long until I needed to ask for assistance. The atrium track is my favorite place to set my pace! I don’t ever get bored up there because it looks over so many sections of the building and I see something new every time I go around! There are many many other neat aspects of the Co-Rec as well! The rock climbing wall is one thing I haven’t tried out yet, but am really looking forward to trying it! When I use the machines, I usually switch up where I go since there are so many different levels with many options at each zone! I would also like to try a massage there too. The sauna is the best way to end a work out, in my opinion!
I really wished I had a sauna after I went skiing both on Christmas Break and the more recent three-day weekend. Some of my friends and I traveled up to Michigan for a day of skiing. I had only been once before, so needless to say, I am not the most experienced down the slopes! One of my good friends knew what he was doing and tried to teach me to “carve the slopes.” Up until then, I just wanted to see how fast I could go down without running into anybody! I decided to try to take his advice and see if I could keep up with him. I started to get the hang of things, but became more focused than I should have been. I was paying no attention to how close to the bottom I was. There were people to either side and my brakes were not working fast enough! Thinking fast, I decided to let my feet go out from under me and slide across on my bottom. To my surprise, I slid further than I thought possible. I was headed right for the lower level windows of the lodge and could just see my ski going through them. Luckily I stopped a foot or so before I hit the glass, but all of the spectators in the upper half of the lodge were looking down on me to see if I was alright. A wave of total embarrassment rushed through me, but no broken bones so I was good to go! I took my skis off, gave my fans a thumbs up, and began to walk back towards my friends. To top it all off, I slipped on the ice with my ski boots and found myself on my bottom once again. And yes, the crowd was still watching this “movie-like” scene all take place. At that point, I was ready to call it a quits, but one of my best friends told me to “come on Cal! We only have 15 more minutes left!” So I thought what the heck, I might as well! After that, we found some bravery and decided to tackle a Black Diamond. Those are the hardest slopes at the place we were at! And to both of our surprise, we made it down in one piece! A little chilly by the end of the day, but it was a day well spent!
Future advice: stay warm & stay alert!
–Calin Cochran, Sophomore, General Health Sciences