We began again with the same groups as yesterday. The weather conditions were not ideal today as it snowed the entire time and was quite windy. Although the air temperature was only like -5 with the wind-chill it was probably about -10 degrees. This impacted the groups communication skills and consequently gave an atmosphere of ‘every man for himself’ particularly for the people struggling. With the group, usually I’ve been pretty extroverted and can help motivate others but today I felt very quiet. When I really struggled getting up hills I just tried to rush instead of focusing on my technique which just made things worse. For me personally it was too soon to be going off cross country skiing and I would have liked to stay on the tracks and get a better feel for the technique. We could have played a few group bonding games or worked with partners to give each other more specific feedback. Len gave much more specific feedback to individuals today whereas yesterday advice was more general to the whole group. I think this approach to teaching was very good. The teaching conditions today were very hard. The cross-country lesson would have probably been a lot more positive and less confidence crushing if the weather had been better. I think Len just stuck with the original lesson plan and didn’t alter it majorly.
Skiing aside, group bonding between the girls back at our accommodation was so good! I think most people found today really challenging and that brought us closer together when we could all talk about how we felt when we were dry, warm and feeling confident to speak up again. Really loving living with this group of people J rhyme