So, 2 weeks down and only now do I comprehend how quickly it has gone. Coming out of ‘Survival Week’ as a bit more of a unit, we headed back to ‘school’ as we underwent a weeks worth of preparations for our Pacmed, First Aid exam. Luckily for Mr. M we knew what we were doing, seeing as we found him floating in the dam on Thursday J!
Quest so far has been fun, but tough. Particularly the waking up early for PT, 100 club, and running when we arrived late for a lesson. Pretty much everyone has had bike issues, but no more tragic than my very own bike bad luck… from bursting my front tyre, to the gears not working, to the brake pads wearing out….only to be given a rental bike which operated on 3 gears! But as Basil would say “It’s not about the bike, it’s all about the rider!” …. so, on I rode! My fellow Shackleton member, Rob, has also been fairly unlucky with his bike, which has been a bonus for me as I now have company walking to the gym.
One of the things that have been great for us is the inter-action with all that Falcon has to offer. Last week saw the 2 intakes participating in the Falcon Cross country (5kms) and our water polo boys faced the Falcon 1st Team who turned out to be far better than expected. But, nevertheless, it is still good for us to be able to be accepted by the school as well as team up with Intake 1.
A bit of news from Shackleton tent: What initially seemed to be an odd grouping of boys; one from Durban, one from Jo’burg, and one from Cape Town, (two with facial hair)… seems to have worked out quite well. One could say that we are 3 very different people who are already bringing the best out in each other. I, for one, have been nicknamed “Mom”, which thankfully seems to be going away a tad. This came about quite early when I went about my business whilst nagging the boys to sort out their lives. Rob is the noise factory of our tent, which is actually great, and Brad generally just acts as the ‘matriarch’ of the tent, but we all know he’s just a soft ‘BFG’. All in all, Shackleton and Quest seem to be happy places.