Looking back February was, in some ways, a bitter sweet month. We had some great weather, this year’s team is the most active I’ve known so it’s easy to find people to do a peak with, we had the half marathon and we did the most boating hours, for a month, on record.
There was a risk this year, with this being my fourth season, that the job and life would feel stale. But, with Erny gone and Paddy still away I had the reins of the boating operation to myself, something that is never planned for, given how busy the summers tend to be. As it was, it was a great challenge for me, though by the end of the month I was fairly spent! I didn’t do any training for the half marathon so as much as I enjoy the boating it definitely kept me occupied and what few days I had off were largely spent recovering.
We figured out some time before the internet came back that it would be useless for a while as it had weeks of scientific data to send out, emails to come in etc. It was about two weeks before it was usable to be honest, but by then we were quite used to being without it and another two weeks was easy enough.
Paddy (other boating officer) got back at the end of the month, which instantly took some weight off my shoulders. My intentions were to complete his induction training (as it was cut short before) and then get myself away on holiday! More on that next month…