Another Week, Another Training (Auburn)

Day’s Verse:
What advantage does man have in all his work
Which he does under the sun?
A generation goes and a generation comes,
But the earth remains forever.

Ecclesiastes 1:3-4

Cue week three of one training a week. This week it’s Auburn, and paid for by the Bicycle Alliance’s CPPW grant. Oh, yes, didn’t I mention that the Bike Alliance has two grants where we teach the same thing? CPPW is Communities Putting Prevention to Work, stimulus money that’s aimed at reducing obesity and smoking. It comes through the Federal government to the King County Department of Health to the Bicycle Alliance to me. Your tax dollars at work! The Bicycle Alliance’s CPPW grant is run by John Vander Sluis, a great guy and, more importantly for me, an organized guy. (Seth Schromen-Warwin, who does the OSPI grant, is also an organized guy. I have to give him credit for doing a truly amazing job. Anyway, back to our regularly scheduled blog post.) The Bike Alliance’s CPPW grant is much more than just these two classes, but this is my part in it, and it’s essentially the same thing as the OSPI class.

The difference is that, as a compromise with Cascade Bicycle Club, I have a Cascade LCI co-teaching with me, and another observer from Cascade who’s helping a bit as an LCI, too. Frankly, I’m grateful for that. First of all, teaching with Ellen Aagaard is always a delight; and second of all, I cannot begin to imagine what it’s going to be like next week in Eatonville when I have to try to do the LCI work all by myself. Fortunately, Future Katie is taking care of it, and Present Katie is getting ready for another early day driving down to Auburn to ride a bike slowly in the rain.

In the meantime, I’m overall quite pleased with how the class today went. Many of the rockier bits from last week smoothed out nicely, and not surprisingly a few new rocks cropped up. The class is engaged, sometimes a bit too chatty, but overall positive and eager, and most of all, good sports about all the biking out in drenching rain and gusting wind.

Tomorrow is the easier day, but even so, I’ll be glad to see the end of it. I’m enjoying the experience, but it’s sure exhausting.

Oh, no word yet on whether I actually have a job teaching OSPI trainings. I’m waiting with bated breath, let me assure you.

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