36.72 !!!!!!!!

YEAAAAH!!!! I FINALLY SMASHED THE 37 SECOND BARRIER!! WHOOO-HOO!!! IF YOU THOUGHT YOU HEARD SOME YELLING AND HOLLERING IN THE DISTANCE, AT ABOUT 10:12AM MOUNTAIN TIME, THAT WAS ME, DOING A WAR-WHOOP OF JOY!!!

The funny thing was that I felt pretty bad during warmup. I shoveled a lot of snow yesterday afternoon, and my upper body was sore & the legs felt strong but kind of blocked up. Boris talked to me about how he has researched many 500’s, and when skaters skate 2 in one day, 80% of the time, the second one is faster.

Since I was only skating one 500m race today, I went quite hard in warmup & created some fatigue. Although my body was finding the right skating position, I was out of breath with even easy efforts, and I did not feel the power & snap I usually associate with being 3 weeks into my final season peak.

Also I was terribly nervous between warm-up & the race. The ice was scary fast, and I felt in my bones today was a “put up or shut up” moment of illogically proving something to myself.

Here is Parker Vance and I at 100m, the camera can’t quite deal with the legspeed I had on this day. 250 meters into this race, I heard the announcer say my opening 100m was a 10.21, my fastest start ever!

So I roared through the second half of the race breathing a turbocharged elixir of vengeance, confidence, & good technique. I think I even yelled something crazy as I jabbed my skate at the finish line, something like “RIGHT NOW!!!”

This sport can sometimes break your heart in very cruel ways. But also, in rare moments, it lets your emotions soar as high and as far as all the hard work you put into it.

Thanks for reading…… I race a 500m and a 1000m tomorrow, and then this season is over. I will relax for 4 weeks, deliberately get out of shape for a while (one has to let the body heal) and make some hard choices about next year.

13 Responses to “36.72 !!!!!!!!”

  1. Right On!!! Thats the way to finish…finish strong.

  2. Congratulations Andrew!

  3. WOO HOO!!! I knew it would happen for you. If anyone deserves it, it’s you!!! I hope you got it on tape!!!

  4. Way to go Andrew! That’s a great way to finish the season

  5. thanks all!!! one more day to go…

    I have thought at times that if I had written the curve & arc of my season as a novel, no one would have believed some of the strange timings of things, especially things like FINALLY breaking sub-37 during one of my last chances…

  6. For some reason I was thinking about your quest for a sub-37 yesterday…I must have heard the hollering! Way to go–you deserve it!!!

  7. How exciting. Congratulations, Andrew.

  8. egad, it does read like the finish of one of those heartwarming movies! - THIS kind of life-imitating-art is all right by me.

    More congratulations to add to the pile! and thanks for sharing it with us.

  9. Hi! Major congatulations!!! I just started reading the blog. So far, I love it! Just looking at the pictures made me really want to be there, even though I probably wouldn’t see much anyway. You’d be on the other side of the track already. Yes, I’m getting rather worked up about this. Oh, well.

  10. Congratulations, you deserve it. You worked really hard.

  11. YES!!!!!

  12. Well done Andrew! And a huge congradulations!
    All your hard work and dedication has taken you where you desired to go!
    Excellent!
    I feel your joy!

  13. awesome! I’m super happy for ya! Woot woot!

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