Yesterday we flew into Munich (Muchen) Germany, it was a very very long flight. Today we drove two hours into Igls, Austria. It is gorgeous the weather is pretty warm and the Mountains are stunning. We are in a small town, at a lovely hotel, where are served fantastic meals, with courses, that are mostly all delicious. I have come to find I like sauerkraut more than I ever knew. Sliding at the track tomorrow at 2:00pm, but not for me until Tuesday.
Happy New Year!!! Back in Lake Placid for some sliding to dust off the rust then off the Europe Jan 7th! It feels so great to be back on ice again I missed it so much and seeing everyone is wonderful too -breaks are great but only in short doses. I am more than ready to be back in action!
Just got back into Buffalo last night, and I am excited to spend some time with my family before I head over to Europe for the 2nd half of the season! :) I am so excited to go, and hopefully I will have a bunch of opportunities to race!
So, the women’s world cup race was canceled in Park City, Utah last week! This is something that very rarely happens! The race was moved to Lake Placid, where all the World Cup teams from every nation are currently located. There was a scheduled race here for Saturday, but they are having two races here (Friday and Saturday) to make up for the Park City race. Since Kristi won the raceoff in Park City and was the brakeman entered for that race, she has to race here and Jamie (a new driver, who I pushed for in Calgary) is pushing for Elana. She was a brakeman last three years, and so there was no raceoff for that spot (even if there had been, there isn’t anyway that any of us rookies would be able to compete with her). So I am here to practice and get better, work on my push and use the Olympic Training Center facilities until I go home for break! I find out Saturday what will happen for the second season…. *good thoughts*
Unfortunately I won’t be racing this weekend, however that gives me an extra week of training that I really needed to catch up on! We start training in Lake Placid next Monday and it’s on to the next one. This quote was given to be by someone on the Australian Bobsled Team: Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you’re going to do now and do it. Trials have no value or intrinsic meaning in themselves. It’s the way we respond to those trials that makes all the difference. Discouraging moments are often preparation for a beautiful sight.
Jamie and I ended up doing pretty well for our first World Cup Race! It was so exciting to compete and when it all comes down to it, I am truly just so happy I could be a part of that day and have the chance to compete :) Race offs will be in place this week to see which of the three world cup rookies will get to push for Jazmine in this week’s world cup race in Park City, Utah. Hopefully I will get another shot at a world cup race -it would be a dream come true! I’ll keep updating, and try to add some more pictures soon -there ‘s a bit more snow here than the last time I visited, but definitely less than Calgary!
I won the raceoff yesterday!! I can’t even believe it! I pushed a 5.85 which is my fastest time on this track by far! It was an awesome awesome day!! The girl I pushed off against is a good pusher too, she pushed a 5.88. This means I am racing world cup on Friday!! I am so excited!!! I will be sure to post the link so that you can watch the race live, it’s pretty cool! :)
I have been a little neglectful of my blog, unfortunately I lost a bit of focus for a couple days or so, which was easy to do with a long break from sliding. Regardless -I am presently back on track and ready to go!! Tomorrow I have a raceoff against another rookie to see which one of us will be racing in the world cup race this Friday! It’s a HUGE deal and it would be a big honor to compete! *Fingers Crossed for great pushes and better times tomorrow!*
Sliding yesterday was awesome! Cold & Snowy -but not too bad but more importantly the Calgary track is the least physically abusive I’ve ever been on! It’s soo nice!!! Elana had two good trips down and it was a good day of night sliding :) round 2 tomorrow and then race day Friday!
This morning I woke up and it’s snowing in Calgary! This is going to make warming up outside a little more interesting, but thankfully I grew up in Buffalo and have run in the snow from as long as I can remember. The start of the track has a covering over it too, so that will definitely help protect against the elements, then all I have to do is hop in the sled! Sliding for the first time tonight at 6:00pm. We are only given 6 runs (2 each day) before the race on Friday. Making each one count to its fullest potential is a bit of an understatement, but that’s part of the fun!
Jamie & I have been awake pretty much for over 24 hours at this point! Yesterday was our second race day, Elana & I got 4th in both races (thursday’s and friday’s). As soon as the race was over, we went to pack the bobsled’s into crates, went to awards, ate lunch, then I lifted, showered, packed, had team dinner and some visiting and goodbyes. Jamie and I had a flight at 6:00am so we left for the airport around 3:30am, we decided to just stay awake the whole time. I am starting to think that might not have been the best of ideas… We are in Calgary right now and it’s pretty nice here -sunny. Sliding starts Tuesday and race on Friday with Elana :)
Race Day tomorrow and Friday!!! I am braking for Elana Meyers both days -super excited! The weather looks like it’s going to be great and it’s the perfect opportunity for two fantastic days (with 4 awesome pushes)! The race starts at 10:00am tomorrow, I’ll be sanding runners, reviewing some video and getting my mind right until tomorrow.
We have been night sliding almost every day; starting at about 8:30/9:00 pm mountain time which is 2 hours behind my eastern central time. It’s really cool being out under the stars and most days I just look around and think, “I can’t believe I’m really here.” Pushing on this track is a different than at Lake Placid, the downhill run is steeper and the flat is shorter, and it’s been a little frustrating lately… but today will be my best day yet. I have been trying to take some pictures of the track at night, but it’s difficult when there’s barely any time and you’re constantly moving sleds. I will try my best to get at least one from tonight
Night Sliding tonight, the park city track is sooo much smoother and faster than lake placid! It’s amazing! Sometimes it’s just so hard to believe i’m out here in the mountains, under the stars, bobsledding in the middle of the night! Our condos are also amazing (hot tubs included!!) I will try to post some more pictures soon!