Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Back in training

So I'm back to training today.

Eric is helping me with a rehab program to get me back into training hard without getting injured. I lost 14 lbs due to my injury, and so Brian (one of the CP coaching staff) was gracious enough to take the time to write me a comprehensive diet to get back all the muscle mass I lost. Speaking of Brian, he has his website up finally ('bout time!), and you should check it out here

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

How did I survive that?


Massive crash today. And by massive crash, I mean I was done with the run and then hit something in the run out of the track and got launched about 15 feet in the air, did a triple somersault, and landed off the track in some coolant pipes..... right on my head. They think my sled got caught on something in the track-- it takes a huge amount of force to launch a 172 pound guy and an 86 pound sled with a really low center of gravity that high.

The helmet is gone-- absolutely shattered in the back. Thank God for it-- It saved my life.
The sled is gone too-- it got launched out of the track as well. Gonna have to find a new one.
$400 practice runners that I've had for 2 days-- also destroyed.

Still, I am thrilled. Beyond some serious abrasions, I'm alive, and I didn't break anything! Honestly, I thought I was going to die or at least be paralyzed, so I'm doing great!

Hopefully I'll have some good-- non injured photos for all of you soon.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Day One of sliding...

Today was the first day of sliding.

Unfortunately, my speed suit has yet to arrive, so I bought a surprisingly good one of a lady here. The downside is that it is just about the ugliest suit you've seen.

We slid from start 4 today just to get a feel for the ice. I felt really good on my new sled, and I was amazed at how responsive it was compared to the old steel sleds. All I had to do was look in the direction I wanted to go and apply just a tiny bit of force on the sled and it moved. I was happy just to get a feel for the sled and get down real clean in all 3 runs. Hopefully we will be moving up tomorrow, so I'll let you know how that goes.

In terms of photos... I forgot to bring my camera today... I'll get some good photos tomorrow, though.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Finally landed!

I just arrived in Salt Lake City.

I managed to convince the nice lady at the shuttle counter to get me a discounted ride to Park City and the condo I'm sharing with six bobsledders and one skeleton athlete from New-Zealand.

I managed to sleep for 80% of the flights here from Boston and through Dallas, but I'll definitely be able to get back to sleep tonight at an early enough hour.

Tomorrow morning there is athlete registration, and then I get to spend my day searching for a speed suit at various sports stores around Park City because my speed suit didn't arrive at my house in time (it's been 3 weeks since it's shipped). Also tomorrow, I am picking up my new runners and attaching them to the sled.

In any case, I'm sitting here in the airport and it seems the shuttle as just arrived. Hopefully someone is in the condo to let me in :-). I'll keep you posted!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

New Blog!

So I hope this blog will be able to help everyone stay updated regarding what I'm doing. Feel free to subscribe, or just check in periodically to see what's going on with me, my training, and my competitions.

I hope to update this a few times a week, so check back often!