I wish my camera’s tomb wasn’t the bottom of the Grant Memorial Pool in Washington DC. If I had it, I’d take a picture of myself to show you exactly what I’m doing. Since I have no photographic evidence, I’ll try and explain as much as I can.
I’m currently sitting on the floor of the lodge at Hemlock Overlook Regional Park, where I work as an Adventure Facilitator for a company called Adventure Links. I’m wearing jeans and my US Bobsled and Skeleton sweatshirt. One of my pant legs is rolled up to the knee and a big bag of ice is resting on my shin.
Every time I inhale, I’m smelling delicious things coming from the kitchen about 10 feet to my left, where most of the staff is gathered, putting the finishing touches to their contributions to our end-of-year feast.
It’s a rather comical picture of someone who is training for the Olympics, I’ll grant you. But, such is my life!
I’ve been in Virginia for six months now, ever since my graduation from college. While I was working for Adventure Links last summer, this is the first time I’ve stayed through the fall season. Now that our company is closing its doors for the winter, we are celebrating with a lavish feast of turkey (cooked in a bonfire-turned-embers pit outside), mashed potatoes, casseroles, salads and desserts, each made by a different staff member.
Knowing that I would be eating a LOT tonight, including a lot of the dessert that I made, I got a workout in. Today, it was a pretty low-key workout, though it was pretty challenging: 8x 100m strides. Sounds simple, but seeing as this is my first full week back after my sliding camp, it was mainly a test of my fitness.
I also have the added challenge of my old/nagging/chronic shin splints coming back to haunt me…darn it! How is it that every sport I enjoy involve constant pounding of the legs, mostly in a sprint? I guess it’s time to stock up on tape and ibuprofen.
My plans for the next couple weeks are as follows: I am attending the Advanced Sliding School in Lake Placid between November 30-December 10, then returning to Virgina until January 17. From that date until April 3, I will be in Lake Placid, living at the Olympic Training Center, and attending open training for my first season. I am extremely excited to go back and learn more, and to challenge myself both on the sled and off.
I’m going a little stir-crazy after hearing all my teammates talk about their adventures on the ice last week. It sounds crazy, tiring, exhausting, but amazing. I can’t wait to have my time on the ice in a couple weeks! It seems every time I’m catching myself zoning out I’m thinking about skeleton.
That’s a good thing, right?
For now, keep sliding…