Impromptu lunch time post.
So my last post about skeleton ended at the end of the first session. We had lunch at a diner (I just had soup, since I packed a thousand sandwiches) and then headed to Rob’s cabin. I studied for a while since I had a chemistry midterm on Monday morning. Was a bit stressed out about that.
After study time the boys bought food for dinner (I had another sandwich) and wine and they cooked and we drank and ate. It was fun! We also played cribbage. And laughed a lot.
It is kinda funny that I was hanging out with these two strangers basically but they were really friendly and we got along well. I’m glad it was so fun, it could have been an awkward weekend.
I woke up on Sunday morning with very very sore thighs. I think it must have been from lifting the sled. The sled weighs about 60 lbs and the way I was picking it up was basically doing squats with the 60 lbs. My body is sooo not used to doing that kind of exercise. The boys had sore necks, but mine was ok.
Noon: time for session number 2!!
In the truck going up to the top. We are all laughing because Rob got into the truck without his sled and then had to jump out and get the driver to stop. It was funny at the time.
This is my favourite picture! Thanks to Rob for taking all the action shots with his nice camera. They are so cool!
Coming out of a corner.
At the end there is an uphill bit to slow down. Once you’ve gotten as high as you’re going to go the track workers jump in and stop your sled from sliding back. Then you climb over the edge and they pass it to you and you carry it back to the truck.
Second day I had a top speed of 98.1 km/h! Sam improved a lot the second day and beat me by 0.1 km/h, dang. I did have two runs over 98 km/h though and I am very pleased with that.
I really wish I could go more. The coach emailed us and said we could come back for more sessions this weekend but I simply cannot afford the money or the time. Sigh. It’s a little sucky that we probably will not really improve because we all can’t go very often. We probably will not be able to move up to the higher starting point this year. I feel like if I actually was able to go a lot I could actually get good. I really like skeleton and wish I could pursue it.
It is totally totally awesome though that we get this opportunity at all though! When the next winter Olympics roll around we’ll all be like ‘oh yeah, I’VE DONE THAT!’. Pretty cool.