Deeply tired < dog tired < dumb tired < dead tired < deliriously tired <<<<<< dad tired!

Trials is absolutely exhausting + long travel days + adding baby 4am interruptions upon arrival… ohmigawd, am shattered “dad tired”.

I’m wrecked… need to post notes on day 4, need to catch up at work, need to work on video, need to get training again, but this little girl who has grown several new teeth in my absence, has priority on my time—

As it should be.

More soon..

Olympic Trials Day 3

A bigger crowd, a weekend crowd, and the 1500m pain cave for both the men and the women…

If you are not a speedskater, someday ask an experienced long tracker about the 1500. Note the sudden change in the facial expression as the memories all come rushing back.

It’s probably the most complex race to train for, to pace correctly, and it really, really hurts. It feels like one can do far more damage to the body in a 1500 where you really go for it, than in a 2 hour bike race.

On to the races!

Maria Lamb, big lean/pressure, and flying past 3 time Olympian Catherine Raney about 600m into the race, made the 1500m team. Stunningly, Catherine did not.

Anna Ringsred trains with a group of international athletes up in Calgary & shows excellent corner pressure here.

Anna was chasing Heather Richardson, who started out fast like most sprinters. Anna fell behind, clawed her way back, and then with one lap to go. Somehow Heather reaccelerated through the pain of the last 100m

Heather made the 1500 team, Anna, a few meters back, just missed.

But the real story of the day was former world sprint champ & Olympic medalist Jennifer Rodriguez. As she blasted off the line in the 1500m, the lights of the Pettit almost look like a runway, and she is accelerating into that moment of just soaring skyward.

She said afterwards to me that she used to get really nervous for races, but now it’s hard to get excited after so many years. Even the Olympics can feel like just another race.

But you would never know that is in her mind, as her body races with focus and intensity, and she won the 1500m by over 2 seconds.

Like a lot of people who grew up inline racing, she has a stylistic habit of reaching really far to the inside with her left leg (Derek Parra did as well.)

The thing is, Jen & Derek can create pressure during that reach. Most can’t.

Onto the men…

Marty Haire, 2 time Masters Allaround Champion, keeping the young-uns honest & throwing down a solid race. Swift Skinsuit? Pshaw.. Marty rocked in his Saratoga club skin..

Marty, Bruce Connor, Brian Boudreau and myself reprented the masters world decently well in Oly Trials. Speaking of the Boudreau-isaurus Rex, wow… What a 1500m

On the Brian Scale of 1-10, I think it was a 13. The challenges of being a masters skater, of combining a job, age, & elite level training are truly steep. It’s just awesome to see a guy in his 40’s throw down hard & beat some of the young men who train full time at this.

But as the 1500m pairs went on, the field narrowed from those of us “happy to be there” to the people who want to make a World Cup/Olympic team,

Nick Pearson, big guy, big speed, big lean. Just missed the team by a tiny amount.

Shani Davis–he is one of the most perfect technical skaters out there. Is he strong? yes, certainly, but he is also efficient and precise. These few steps, 600m into his 1500, are poetry in 26 second lap motion.

I don’t think anyone would describe Chad’s skating as poetry, I think it’s more Texas Football. However if you look at his push direction in slo-mo, it’s as precise as Shani’s.

Chad skated a shockingly fast 1500m. In fact, it was a new Pettit National Ice center record. Here he is, in the last 120 meters of his 1500, giving the finger to all those people who had written him off & declared his career over in the rough years since the 06 games.

Well, actually, that’s his index finger, but still, it’s a funny thought…

And finally here, this is your men’s world cup team. The veterans Chad & Shani. And the youth movement in Trevor Marsicano, Johnathan Kuck & Brian Hansen. Brian’s dad told me he was happy that his son was “flying under the radar” until this competition. Well. He is on the radar now. Congrats all.

US Olympic Trials, Day 2

As beautiful as yesterday was, today was AWFUL. Rain & slop coming down. Gotta love the upper Midwest (please pour me some hot chocolate please!)

Skater Anne Bruckner told me, reflecting on the day’s races.

One person’s dreams is another’s heartbreak.

And it’s so true. This is a sport. There are winners and losers. We do it for these reasons; it brings out the best in us. Winning teaches, and losing often teaches more. But it’s still hard to see the heartbreak in so many good people, who have all gone “all in”.

Enough Philosophy, onward to the races!

KC Boutiette. 4 time USA Olympian, just doing the 5k for giggles. Derek & Chad might be the “face” of inline to ice, but KC is the trailblazer.

I would not have ever thought about tying ice speedskating, if his career had never happened

So thanks K.C. from me, and a whole lot of other inliners who are now on the ice.

Nancy Swider Peltz, on her way to a fine performance, women’s 3k. The top 3 women were all within .32 of each other.

Now Nancy is one of the best technical skaters out there, and she might object to this image as less than perfect technique. But yaknow, this is her last corner of a scary fast 3k.

Nancy told me she did not have a great day, so even though this is imperfect technique, I will tell your what is perfect here in this image: dedication, effort, drive, suffering, and how hard she has trained for her whole friggin life to answer this very moment.

Jilleanne Rookard, aggressively tackling that difficult first turn in the 3k. She skated with tremendous power and drive. This looks more like 1500m body position! She took the overall 3k win. The top 3 women were all within .3 of each other. Did Jill win it here?

The media room upstairs, a good place to watch from. AP & Reuters were here, as well as Peri Kinder, who was Twittering away results right in the middle of the photo.

People ask me if I am on twitter, or if I will ever do it. I am sure I’d love it, so that is EXACTLY why I don’t want to. Why put another digital crack pipe in my life?

Matt Plummer, 3rd warp speed corner, in the 1000. Matt is ON, lots of powerful things happening here. He was good for 11th

Tyler Goff usually is a gamer who steps it up during the big races, but he was skating with a severely torn abductor muscle. Every step with his left foot created this expression on his face. Ouch. Heal soon good buddy.

Shani & Nick went 1-2 in the 1000m. Shani beat everyone else by 2 full seconds. Here they are at top speed, about 400 meters into their race. The 1000m, like the 1500, you need to shift into a “5th gear” of sustainable high speed, and hold it. These two amazing athletes are in 11th gear here.

And then in the final turn, Shani cruises by Nicks pain face. I can’t imagine going this fast.

Pat Meek, 5k. In all the videos I have of this race, those of us who train with Pat were really LOUD, cheering him on, because we want all that sacrifice we saw be rewarded. He threw down hard, and was 8th.

Paul Dyrud, Satisfaction of a good 5k (6th) and smiling at the cheering & noise from family and skate-tribe friends. I bet his legs feel like he has been beaten with hammers, but when you see your family, so proud, that is a stronger feeling than mere pain..

Those of us on the ice side of the pads know that we would be so much less without those in the stands.

Jonathan Kuck is part of the youth movement reverberating through speedskating. He is 19, but already skating man-strong times.

He placed 4th in the 5k and 1500m, qualifying him for the world cup in both distances.

In this series you can see his zig-zag weight transfer using the whole lane. What a style like this is trying to accomplish is using the body weight to create pressure in addition to the push from the muscles. He is falling from push to push.

Yes, the path traveled is somewhat longer, but the velocity created is greater. This does not work at sprint velocities, but it can work really well in the 5k & 10k.

Here is something that the cameras missed, when Shani beat Chad’s time in the 5k by a few tenths, who was the first person out to congratulate him. Chad.

Are they competitors? Yes, absolutely. But there is also clear respect there. These 2 men are some of the best in the world, and because the other one exists, they both raise their game.

And it’s not just Chad & Shani, the level of competition, at every distance in these trials, has been absolutely tremendous.

Not to sound too overly nationalistic about this, but athletes don’t appear out of thin air, they are part of a culture, an informal society, a web of families, coaches, training partners, friendships. Despite legit quibbles here & there- there is a pretty good skating culture here.

When an Olympic team is eventually named, they do represent “us”, in all our good & bad, and it’s not too weird to take pride in them, just as they take pride wriggling into that National team skinsuit with the USA on the back.

Olympic trials, Day 1

It was one of those simply achingly beautiful fall days that makes you want to walk in the woods with a book of Thoreau quotes, and lose yourself in imagination, and leaves falling thick as multicolored snow.

One has to find some way to kill time before a 6pm race start!

At the rink, the wind was blowing. How does the wind blow indoors? They have these fans at the Pettit center that start a circular wind. The effect is a constant tailwind through most of the rink. It makes you MUCH faster. Standing at the start line, you could actually feel it pouring past you, freezing the backs of your legs.

You can see even the huge, tapestry weight American flag at one end of the rink rippling in the wind. This is a really big flag.

I am not sure of the purist ethics of using fans to make a sea level rink- altitude rink fast, but it’s sure fun to skate.

My hat is also off to the new ice techs at the Pettit center, you can tell they really care. The ice is the best I have EVER seen it, hard, grippy, thin, and just a lot of fun.

The time was at hand, Olympic trials began. I like this pairing of images, one from my walk, the other with the Heather Richardson & Jen Rodriguez zipping down the 100m

It was a day of AWESOME skating. There is nothing more inspiring and heartbreaking than Olympic trials. All sports are hard at the elite level, but in my life experience, there is something so beautiful, as well as soul wrecking, inherent in ice speedskating.

Before I start with the pictures & commentary, these are the shoes of Chris Needham. He was standing on the start line for one of his 500m races, when I noticed his shoes right next to me. Would you step into these shoes? It’s a scary step…

Chris has thrown his soul into the fires of this sport, The world cup team was the top 5, and he was 7th on this day.

Here is Mia Manganello. She’s really not a 500m skater, but is showing awesome form here for a solid 10th place.

The awesome power of Eli Ochowicz exactly .5 after her first movement, probably .75 or .8 after the gun went off.

I heard that for sprinters, how far they get down the track in the first second of a race almost exactly correlates with the finish order.

She won both 500m events handily. You can see full women’s results here

The US national Sprint team ran the table in the women’s races, places 1 through 5.

Then it was time for the Men—

Here is Robert Lawrence, opening in a 10.1, in the locker room later, he told me he was amazed he went that fast.

Robert, I present evidence to you of why, check out your body position! Remember he is attaining low precision like this with the tempo of a machine gun.

Brent Aussprung, collecting himself in a quiet moment, & getting ready to execute what he has practiced over and over…

And then something horrific happens—

Lawrence Ducker falls and slides into Clay Cholewinski. Both skaters hit the wall, and Clay flips over it and impacts the running track and concrete on the other side violently.

If you look at the final 2 images, notice Clay’s leg in the air, then the last image is is OTHER leg, as he hits the ground so hard it snaps the clap mechanism open.

Lawrence was up soon. Clay did not get up.

I have trained with Clay for several years, and it was agonizing to watch this.

I realized at that moment we need some ritual in speedskating, like when football players gather on one knee in midfield, gathering together when a fellow athlete is down and it looks bad.

Clay did finally get up. That is his mother with him (I chatted with her on the flight out to Milwaukee). Clay was bruised & battered, but ok.

And Clay did a reskate, and did a 36.6! He is a low-key kind of fellow, but I think all skaters will now acknowlege that he has BALLS OF STEEL!! That must have been so hard.

Remember Brent? Trying to gather his thoughts? After that long intermission, it was his turn, and he went scary fast. 2nd only to Tucker Fredricks, awesome skating.

Yeah, Tucker. It’s weird, like Elli Ochowcz, Tucker has absolutely dominated the 500m men for a few years now. He is an absolute rockstar in performance, but other skaters get more press.

Two friends of mine, Parker Vance, and Matt Shanahan, two of the fastest starters in the USA after Tucker. Lots of fast twitch fibers between these two.

But this sport can be cruel. Matt has worked so hard, and this trials was not what he wanted it to be.

But another Matt had great success. Matt Plummer in Grey, was THRILLED with 5th overall. Mike Blumel, missed the world cup team with 6th. A total of .3 between these two after the 2 500m races. Nice compact form for both athletes here.

And what can you say About Shani? Or the big guy Nick Pearson? 3rd & 4th places after two 500’s

You can see the complete results here

As for my own races, I skated well, not stunningly, but given the time I have to train, it was about a 7 on a scale of 1-10.

38.11 and 38.22. Both races had really good parts, a slip in the first turn of race #1, a bobble 3 steps into race #2. I should have nosed under 37 with both races if I had skated perfectly, but not by much.

21st overall out of the 30 men. I knew I’d be somewhere around there. Even at my absolute best low-37 sea-level races from a few years ago, I would have been no higher than 15th.

The really weird part was the 2nd corner of my first race completely disappeared from my memory. I crossed the finish line and had no recollection of what I had just done.

My coach said it was a fine turn.. Hmmm. Maybe I should try to “not think”.

Olympic Trials, my 2nd trials. Over. Probably will never stand on this mountaintop again.

Maybe I will, maybe not, and that’s ok. I’m happy.

In the blizzard of emotions running through the athletes here, I feel strangely centered. I think it’s another thing I need to thank my Daughter for.

Zen 10 questions- Pat Meek

I met Pat Meek as just one of the guys around the oval, and to be honest, I did not like Pat much the first year I spent a lot of time around him. He just rubbed me the wrong way.

But after a couple of rough years, Pat grew as an athlete and as a man, getting faster has humbled him in some key ways. I discovered that my early impressions were wrong, and now I am honored to count him as a close friend.

If you want a thoughtful conversation, there is no better way to find it than a recovery bike ride with Pat.

His father was a speedskater who tried very hard to “make it” and that adds to the complexity of his story

Welcome to the blog Pat

Hey Andrew! Good to see you made it out to Milwaukee.

1. Tell me about your father’s path in the sport.

My dad started skating seriously when he was 14. It was a sport that my grandfather did too. He skated throughout the 1970s and actually went over to Norway after ’76 to train and compete over there.

After a season over there he decided to head back to school to get his M.B.A. but he kept involved skating recreationally and as a coach.

2. And your mother is the balance to this?

Haha yeah. I am not even sure if my mom likes speedskating! After every race when I call home she asks me one question “Did you have fun?” Luckily most of the time I say yes.

3. You are a “bubble” skater, someone who is no sure bet for the Olympic team. It all comes down to how your skate on a particular day. Nervous?

The work is done. Now it is time to get it done.

4. It’s evident that you have “taken it up a notch” this year. What did you do differently?

After four years on the national allround team, I decided to leave the program. The decision was for a variety of reasons, but I think the decision was one of the best ones I ever made. My current coach, Matt Kooreman, is an amazing and he is exactly what I needed.

I needed to go back to old school “blue collar” training. It is the training I grew up with and believe in. I needed to lowwalk until I wanted to barf. Static sit until my legs were shaking. Bike up the mountain in the cold rain. And then do it all again the next day.

5. Tell me a few things you learned from your father, about skating

I think the big thing that I have learned from him is what a beautiful sport this is. One day we were out doing something and we saw a flock of birds all flying in a line. He looked over with a smile and said “Look it is like a skating paceline, all going stroke for stroke.”

He definitely has taught me a bunch about the sport and has been a great sounding board for me.

6. Send 2 pictures that feels the most like you, to you. One on skates, one off.

7. Tell us a few things you learned from Bart Veldkamp, and quotes from him.

Bart Veldkamp is a great coach and it was an honor to be coached by him for two seasons. He taught me a lot about skating and it is great to count him as a close friend now.

One of the big things that he really helped me with was believing in myself and how to race. There are too many quotes from him to list but I’ll to list some. “10ks are supposed to hurt!! That is the point!” “When you are good you are good”

8. You don’t seem to be scary talented, you seem to be a creature of hard work, even by speedskater workaholic standards. What have you done this year to “take it up” a notch.

I have no talent. I honestly believe most of the guys I skate, nationally and internationally, against have more talent in one finger than I have in my whole body.

But at the end of the day it is not who has the most talent it is about who worked the hardest over the last several years. This year, I feel like I have basically lived, ate and slept at the oval. I spend all my time at the oval or on my bike. But honestly those are times that I am probably most happy, when I am working and getting better.

9. I am heavily involved in the “Masters movement”, you have an interesting perspective for a national team skater, how did Masters skaters help your career?

I think Master play a very important role for skaing in particular at the club level. Master skaters are the reason I was able to have ice time and other facilities growing up. They provide a huge service to clubs and young skaters. Without them I don’t know where I would be right now.

I think there needs to be more analysis on how we can best use the resources that Masters have (money and power) and use it in a way that develops the sport as a whole.

10. You have a magic wand, what would you change about speedskating in the United Skates?

I think the biggest thing would be how we as a sport market ourselves. For God’s sake, we have a cool sport!! I think we need to do a better job of showing the greater public this sport. The Dutch do a great job of this.

I think another change would be a better system of developing our younger long track talent. We need to provide these kids with the opportunity to excel in sport, in the classroom, and life. A more structured environment for kids who are passionate about skating will be what helps us excel in 2018 and beyond.

11. Part of your learning process as an athlete has been finding out the little things you need to do to perform. Some of your methods are different- like what?

I need to skate. Skating as much as you can teaches you how to skate. If you need to skate twice a day, then you do it! I honestly believe that “off days” are the biggest waste of time there is. You don’t get any better by sitting around and watching the NFL on Sundays.

I am not saying that you have to go out and hammer everyday but you need to make each day count towards getting better. I also am a huge believer in doing lots of laps by your self. There is no substitute for going out and being able to hammer out workouts, in particular laps and tough intervals, by yourself.

Sure it is boring and hard at times, but tough. As my AP US History teacher Dr. Monahan told us “Life is hard then you die.” Morbid, I know but you get the idea. In addition to that all, most people who know me know that I hate “recovery” weeks. I despise them. I get grumpy, anxious and little things tend to set me off. I know I need them but I can’t stand them for some reason.

12. Who are the people who you need to thank, without whom you would never have become the athlete & man that you are.

I think first off I have to thank my parents. They have sacrificed a lot for me and have always been there for me in the good times and bad. They have also helped me grow as a man who realizes I have been given a lot in life and therefore it is my responsibility to advantage of those opportunities and give back. “For those much it is given, much is expected,” is a favorite quote of my dad.

I also have to thank the rest of family and my girlfriend. They have been there for me even when I haven’t been able to give back in return. Also a thank you has to go out to my coaches, Matt Kooreman, Bart Veldkamp Dan Carroll and my dad, for putting up with me and helping me succeed.

Zen Haiku Round
1. If you weren’t a national team speedskater, you would be???

Working at the White House Communications Department

2. Favorite recovery food after a hard day

Chocolate Milk

3. You have some of the most ridiculous legs in the sport, how did this happen???

Haha I have no idea. I am just aspiring to have bigger legs than Dr. Heiden.

4. At the endless magazine rack of Barnes & Noble, what do you reach for?

Velonews and the New Yorker

5. Best pair of skates you have ever had?

Simmons boots and Maple alloy blades

6. Pick something technically or physically, that you wished you could borrow from another athlete?

Johan Olav Koss’ engine

7. 3 fellow speedskaters to help you load a U-haul & share a pizza with afterwards

This is tough!! Johan Olav Koss, Nick Pearson and my dad

8. 3 emotions/feelings or sensations you commonly experience on skates

Lactate, Excitement and Peace

9. Best day of skating in your life so far.

Skating my first world cup race in 2007

10. Best Halloween costume that you had as a kid

The Ghost of Fourth of July… believe me it was sweet.

A word with Crash Mahoney

Other than family and friends, not many people pay attention to those of us who finish in the bottom half of the field at Olympic trials. But the struggles and sacrificess just to qualify are immense, so the trials beceome very meaningful to us.

I met Charlie “crash” Mahoney several years ago in the blizzards of Lake Placid. He is as good of a guy as they come.

Olympic trials are often a terrifying experience. I love how Charlie meets the stress of this head on, with humor and the good nature that is vintage “Crash”. Video was shot during the final race-rep skate the day before trials began.

Of the 85 athletes who are here. Charlie is one of the handful of people like myself, who have a real full-time job. Elite-level speedskating is such a stunningly complex sport, and there are so many “pieces” of an athlete to train, it’s really difficult to do it without throwing yourself “all-in”.

It can be done, as several people here have proven, but it’s really, really, hard.

Good luck Crash!

Olympic Trials Tomorrow!!!

Whirlwinds of travel, emotion, life.. Absolved of job & Dad duties for the moment, expect a blizzard of posts during the next few days. Gosh… I have time! What is time to write?

For some reason, I love taking pictures of the planes I am about to, or just have, flown on… The dude behind the wing is the captain, inspecting his plane. This made me happy, as he really carefully took his time.

The floor of the Milwaukee Airport, I like this, public art representing the diverse parts of my life.

Arriving in a blustery, dreary fall day, a new banner across the front of the Pettit. No pressure Trevor, really….

a quote from my long ago Zen 10 interview with Joey Cheek

I have found that I do the same few things technically incorrect over and over. The secret for me has been to drive in, day after day, the corrections to those problems. Then when I race to not try and go fast, but to simply let my body do what I have drilled over and over and over. Zen-like huh?

-Joey Cheek

So what have I been drilling into my head that I hope to apply tomorrow? Shorter arm swing, bringing the knees more together, feel the skating from the hips, flow through the turns

There will probably be no videos of my races, no streaming online feed, but last week I did pop off a very solid 500, 37.9, Don Nelson kindly supplied this video- (I’m in red, in the lane opposite me in grey is Junior Stud Lawrence Ducker, I got him by .09 at the line).

This is exactly what I hope to do tomorrow as I race in two 500m events.

I was so overwhelmed with emotion in the run up before trials in 2005, I could barely handle it.

This time, not so much, although many people I know are truly walking in a bubble of pressurized intensity right now.

Whoa, must stop blogging, must start warming up for an easy race prep workout.

Dear Microsoft, 2010 USA blogging team!

Dear Microsoft

I am truly excited about entering your blog contest, offering 2 bloggers the chance to be on the 2010 Vancouver USA blogging team, and report live from the Vancouver winter Olympic games-


For some reason, your contest stipulates that the bloggers must be either an enrolled university student, or female,. However according to www.genderanalyzer.com, this website is written by a 60% verified woman.

Given that the IOC is has terrible difficulty measuring the boundary line between a woman and man (see the current case of runner Caster Semenya) and frankly, always has, I consider that this digital DNA test of my words to be blogosphere-certified proof that I qualify for your contest.

Here are some reasons you should add me to the 2010 USA Blogging team-

  • This blog will crack a million page views this year, with 700-1000 readers a day. I did this covering a microscopic sport in terms of raw participants
  • I am an extremely productive blogger, over 700 posts so far, you will get loads of content from me. Content is King.
  • As a 2 time Olympic trials competitor, I am no armchair quarterback. I deeply understand what these athletes go through, and do my best to show the unwritten story of their world
  • I ran the daily updates of Chad Hedricks’ website during the 2006 Torino Games, and it won the Macromedia site of the day.
  • I know most of the US Speedskating Olympic team, and am honored to call many of these unique individuals friends. Many international athletes have visited my website as well.
  • Triple threat: Words, images, and video. I rock all 3 in the Blogosphere.
  • I’ve LIVED winter sports my whole life, first hockey, then XC ski racing, and the last 8 years as a national caliber Speedskater.
  • I work like a sled dog with an espresso problem.

You ask for some links to my work, here is a selection of interviews I’ve done, with some of the USA’s best-

Katherine Reutter
Jennifer Rodriguez (Interview #1, and then Interview #2)
Trevor Marsicano
Chris Witty
Joey Cheek
Kip Carpenter

You also require 2 social media links:

#1 Here is my Youtube channel, 273,000 views so far, add another 100,000-ish from the high quality quicktime versions I host.
#2 is Facebook, this is really more personal, but I do have fun there.

-Andrea Love

P.S. Your judge Bonnie Blair & I do know each other in the “two dozen conversations” kind of way, so you should probably disqualify me on those grounds alone. Even so, you would be absolutely nuts not to invite me along as a member of the 2010 Vancouver Blogging team.

I promise you posts that will leave computer screens steaming with stories that need to be told, moments that generate digital buzz like a jar full of wasps.

P.P.S If it weren’t for Microsoft spell check, I’d be screwed. I owe a beer to the Microsoft word development team.


Tried as hard as I could, had a good race-

dove headfirst into the pain cave till my legs locked up completely (and my knee bend was much less than this) and was still .58 too slow for the Olympic Trials qualifying 1000m time.

Full results are here.

Oddly enough, I am ok right now. My “brother-by-another-mother” Kirk last week gently reminded me how blessed my life is. I have an amazing kid, a great wife, I love my job, see the sunrise over the mountains driving to work. Etc, etc.

Yeah, speedskating matters, but other things matter more. My glass is 99% full, and not just with coffee or wine.

Will I feel a pang watching the 1000’s at Olympic trials instead of racing them? Of course I will. But I will miss being around RZ more during my stay in Wisconsin. My daughter is figuring out walking now. Such a determined little girl.

Chad Hedrick’s little one started crawling this week too.. Babies are everywhere!

So many awesome athletes, people who train their friggin brains out & live for speedskating, missed qualifying for Trials by tiny amounts. I started writing a list, but it was too long.

I understand why one should have qualifying times for a prestigious competition, but is the current list of times performing it’s job, or are these times making an already small sport, even smaller?

In the box wisdom

While recovering between 250m accels yesterday, Parker Vance and I were talking about the good times & bad times of throwing all of your body & soul into long track ice speedskating.

We both agreed that on the good days, you just want to skate for the rest of your life, and never stop pursuing this wonderful sport until you are dead & buried in a box.

However, on the bad days, you just want to take the skates off, bury them in a box in your backyard, and get on with your life!