You and bookworm are rock stars. We are on year 4 of an hour commute each way with at least 3 more years to go. I am exhausted. The good: both of my girls do the commute and love the gym. They go to brick and mortar school, and the schools have been generous about letting them leave early to attend an early afternoon practice a few days a week. The bad: If there is an injury and we need to work in PT, forget it. Or even just regular old doctor appointments. Or the dentist. They just have to miss practice. Basically doing anything else becomes impossible when we factor in our work schedules.I did it for about 5 years, 90 minutes one way and an hour home, and I’m still not over it, I rarely drive at all anymore, covid gave me a break and she’s in college now. She’s done well in D1 gymnastics, so it was worth it. It came at a cost to me in terms of my conditioning and I RSVP no to events over 30 minutes away. It was also hard on my other 2 kids. So I don’t know what the answer is. She’s at a college she probably wouldn’t have gotten into wo gymnastics but it was her first choice and a top program. She walked on, turning down scholarships at other schools but she’s very happy. She worked hard and got academic scholarships. I may not have done it for that long if I had a do over but it’s worth trying.
One thing that has helped, but I also realize it might not be feasible for everyone, is that we hired a driver to get them out there. It is not cheap though.
They are both very happy. I have no idea given where we live if this will pan out in a college walk on spot or scholarship. All I know is that I am very, very tired.