Ice In August! Yes!!!
This is an Olympic year. A special year. Speed skating takes a main stage this year with the Olympic games in Sochi, Russia during February. The Olympic trials also will be a main event for my sport. There will be 13 hours of TV coverage between short track and long track events. The long track trials start December 27th in Salt Lake City. I will be racing the 500m on the 28th and the 1000m on the 29th. The short track trials follow and are done on January 5th.
Since this an Olympic year we get ice early in Milwaukee. In non Olympic years we get ice around the middle of September. The US Olympic Committee helps the Pettit Center with the extra cost of opening early so we can train longer on the ice before the trials and the games. This year we will have ice on August 15th.
Pumped about getting on the ice this year, training with my group of Olympians. Getting to apply the off ice work to skating. The weight workouts, the hard bike training, the slide-board, yoga, swimming, recovery, all working in harmony to apply to the ice skating that feeds my soul.
Loving every part of this process. Refreshing cold. Smell of the ice. Speed. Wind in the ears. Pressure into the ice while balancing on a 1.1 milimeter blade. Back together with my skating family, coach, and training partners. The physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of speed skating are what feed me. I get to utilize all my tools for skating. Building a network for support, goals, nutrition, coaching, training, competing, balance, mental support, and courage all are in play. Juggling all the pieces and getting the most out of the effort. Being rewarded on the journey my making me better. Happy in doing this work, joyous in my pursuit of excellence, free in being totally absorbed in the moment. Total concentration on skating, single-minded effort, peace in the knowledge of what is right for me. Doing this work that feeds me.
Skating this week!