Reconnecting to my previously started projects on Gitpod

I am having issues trying to reconnect to the Mario Database project. This has happened multiple times and I’m not sure what I am doing wrong. When I go to my Gitpod workspaces, I can see my projects. I can connect to the project and it sends me to VS Code and sets up my virtual environment. When I click on the project it shows that I am connected. When I try to connect to the CodeRoad: Start through the command pallete that command is not an option. I have been trying to research other peoples similar problems but none of the fixes I have seen seems to be working. I have deleted and restarted this and the previous lesson a few times to finish it. This is wasting a huge amount of time having to completely restart. Please help me understand what my problem is with reconnecting to my project?