Specialized ProfessionIAmA 3rd shift Gas Station Clerk working in one of those small box gas stations. AMA.
Dec 4th 2017 by TheFifthOneToBe • 25 Questions • 228 Points
Gotta run - thanks for all the questions!
Hey All! I’m Jessie, a Cross Country Skier and I race all winter on the World Cup - I am gearing up for another Winter Olympic Games -- all races from sprints to 30 kilometers! I have 4 World Championship medals, was part of the 2014 Winter Olympic team and am gearing up for another Olympic games.
I began skiing at age 3 and was part of the first-ever U.S. team to [win](https://www.teamusa.org/us-ski-and-snowboard/athletes/Jessie-Diggins
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Hi Jessie, big fan from Norway here!
- What’s your favorite interval workout?
- Do you have any rituals or routines to mentally prepare for a race?
- What do you think it will take to make cross-country skiing as big in the U.S. as it is over here?
Best of luck with your season and the Olympics!
Blunt Wraps for sure. During my shift overnight i sell between 20 and 40. But in a 24 hour period we sell upwards 200.
Hi! I love long zone 3 workouts because it's a great chance to really improve my technique while going hard. So, something like 5 x 10 minutes zone 3 with 3-4 minutes rest in between each one. Before each race, I put sparkles on my cheeks to remind myself that I do this because I love to ski and that when I'm having fun, I race my fastest! I think we need a World Cup in the US to help fans connect with the sport, and now with so many athletes sharing their life on social media fans can really connect and follow their favorite athletes - which makes them want to see the races even more!
I've had to pee really bad and been told I can't, but I never get mad. If anything it's my own damn fault for waiting until my bladder was going to pop to pull over.
which foods are easiest to process during an intense sprint?
I had one guy who was high off his ass who punched the window because I said no. Here’s the thing, we have 3 inches of bulletproof glass between us, he DEFINITELY injured his hand.
I eat cliff shot blocks - so, basically just simple sugar! I also like peanut butter banana sandwiches in between the qualifier and the heats.
I went to a Walgreens apparently right after some kid tried to buy the same type of Camels as me. I was on hour 20 of a voluntary overtime shift grabbing sunflower seeds, Ramen noodles, coffee, and a pack of cigarettes. They wouldn't sell me the cigarettes.
I still feel bad for this kid and if he still worked there I would apologize, but I had been up for going on 30 hours and went the fuck off. I was hungry, tired, and hadn't had a smoke for 6 hours. All I wanted in life was a cigarette, a cup of noodles, and coffee.
I informed him in no way shape or fucking form was I buying them for a minor, if he wanted to ride the 5 blocks back he could watch me smoke a cigarette, and if he wanted I would empty the "whole goddamn freezer section and leave it in a corner so you have to put everything back".
Again I am not proud of my actions and would have told myself to fuck off, but I got my pack of cigarettes and they watched me drive off to go monitor emergency generators for another 10 hours until the Monday shift showed up.
Just saw your dog on your link. So cute! What kind of dog is it?
The thing is I could’ve and i would’ve, but the second he asked for the Newport’s for the kid I no longer can. Because if the camera caught him handing the cigarettes off to a minor I lose my job on the spot.
Leo is a French Brittany - and he's the cutest little guy!
to give this woman 2 gallons for free (which I mean, if i saw you pushing your car off the street and onto the gas station from the bottom of the street, chances are I’m going to help you)
sucker. You just got scammed by an elaborate scam
Do you always train with a HR monitor? Do you think they're beneficial for non-professional level athletes?
Yeah that’s what most people thought when I’ve told the story, but to be fair i only paid 50 cents out of pocket. Because like i said before I HAVE to get rid if that excess change one way or another.
I don't always use one - but I do use them often when I'm trying to achieve a specific goal, like if I'm trying to keep my heart rate low on long distance skis (especially if I've traveled to altitude!) or if I'm doing intervals and want to stay in a certain zone. I think they can be helpful for non-professional athletes if you're looking to try some new things in your training and want to see where you're at, but the most important thing is to have fun and pay attention to how your body is feeling!
Do you ever shut the overhead lights and big sign off at night, then feign ignorance (oops, must have forgot to turn them on when the sun went down) if you get called on it?
Nah, I’ve never done that because we’re open 24/7 so even overnight I’m required to keep everything running.
you'rer 'underpaid'? you're likely paid too much for /u/A_Bungus_Amungus
whne are you going to get educated so you can answer questions?
Yeah, i don’t know what you expected man. I have absolutely zero interest in researching “the cleanest fuel source” on top of that, it’s literally impossible to make less than in my state, I am literally paid minimum wage WITHOUT an overnight differential on top of that.