Olympic Trials, Day 2

This is the inside lining of my superfast racing skinsuit. Like practically every skater who is competing at Olympic trials, I would not be standing at the start line without support (emotionally and otherwise) from my family and friends. I asked my family to write their names on the inside of my racing suit, to make it even more explicit that they are with me every step of the way.

After a sweaty day at the races wearing this unbreathing, vinyl sock, I now have vague wordy shaped blue blotches my chest and back!! Ha!

However, I felt like it brought me luck today. 600 meters into my 1000m race today, I was in a ton of pain, and was struggling with my corner technique at top speed. At that moment, I was .2 slower than my former personal best race. Hitting the final backstretch, at that precise place in the 1000m when my legs usually lock up from the lactic acid burn, I felt myself accelerating the straightaway with a new reserve of speed. My whole family was making tons of noise right there on that final corner, and I skated the fastest final lap of my life, and set a new personal best, 1:14.47, .6 faster than ever before.

Here I am, about 25 meters to go. Still driving, and feeling the “big ouch!”

I had to look at the scoreboard a few times, to really mentally connect a 1:14.47 to my name! I have improved my 1000m by 2.6 seconds from my fastest of last year.

I was really happy, I slowed down and coasted/staggered back to the part of the rink where my family was. I saw them celebrating & dancing around as the announcer mentioned it was a new PB for me. Seeing their joy, my own feelings just about completely overwhelmed me.

An Olympic medalist once told me that the most emotional part of actually standing on the medal stand, and getting that medal hung around his neck, was seeing his mother’s face in the crowd, and seeing what it meant to her.

I think I understand that comment now, even though no one hung anything on me. I don’t really care in some absolute sense that I finished 21st of the 29 skaters who dared the lactic rites of the 1000m (and there was some serious pain out there today). What I care about is the joy in my family, and that I can look in the mirror and say to myself that during Olympic trials I went faster than I have ever gone before.

Sure, It would have been nice to PB in my “best” event yesterday, but live, learn, celebrate with loved ones when you can, and always forge onward!

10 Responses to “Olympic Trials, Day 2”

  1. :-)

    Excellent!

  2. I think that makes up for the 500!!! It was great to see, and even better to get to sit and talk. Can’t wait to see more tomorrow.

  3. Yeaaaa! Absolutely Fantastic!

  4. thanks thanks thanks to everyone who has commented over the last several days, you all have digitally “signed” my racing suit as well….

    it means a lot to me…

    gosh, I am glad the pressue of trials is almost over for me.. just one more race, I love competition, but this has been waaaay over the top…

  5. We are proud of you
    your story and pics are a gift to everyone

  6. Andrew, We are so proud of you! Its really amazing to look at pictures of you, and realize that it is in fact you! You have kind of lived a Disney Moive these past years… I dont know the “rookie” of speed skating. I brag about you to all my friends, as we all respect anyone who strives for excellence, whatever the field. Well done!

  7. Andrew, We are so proud of you! Its really amazing to look at pictures of you, and realize that it is in fact you! You have kind of lived a Disney Moive these past years… I dont know the “rookie” of speed skating. I brag about you to all my friends, as we all respect anyone who strives for excellence, whatever the field. Well done!

  8. Way to go Andrew!!!

    Ready for the icing on the cake?? :)

  9. Great job Andrew!
    You have come a long way from those frozen ponds of our youth. I am so impressed by your drive and ambition (and ability). To compete at your level is an amazing accomplishment.
    From frozen Vermont, we are thinking of you!
    Have fun with what’s next.

  10. Well I noticed you posted this like 2 years ago, but I am now just seeing it. I thought the whole skin thing was a way cool idea. And the blue blotches?? haha, who would’ve guessed.

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