I’ll start this post off with the good news….
…I made the 2011- 2012 U.S. National Skeleton team!
I placed 5th overall during team trials, placing me on the ICC Circuit (Inter-Continental Cup) which is considered the National Team!
It was a tough last few races during Team Trials not only because it determined what circuit you would be racing on for the year, but also because many of us had to pack up and leave today for Park City, UT for an International Training Week and two America’s Cup races (In fact, I’m actually writing this blog post on the plane as we speak…it’s a 5 hour flight, so bear with me). I spent about 3 hours post-race cutting out hard pink insulation foam to make a “coffin” to place my sled in before stuffing it into a bad for travel. Note to self: NEVER EVER leave this until the night before EVER AGAIN. This seriously was the bane of my existence. A broken razor blade, copious expletives, three mental breakdowns and the biggest explosion of foam this side of the Mississippi, and my sled finally made it into the bag. I literally get mad just thinking about the experience.
Anyway, after the Park City races, we’ll drive about 14 hours north to Calgary, Canada for a week including two more America’s Cup races. Now, if you’re confused at this point as to why I’m racing AC races, here’s why: In order to be eligible for the National Team, a slider must complete their 5-3-2. This means (5) races on (3) tracks within (2) years. I competed in one race last year at the end of the season in Lake Placid in March, so in order for me to slide the ICC races that I ranked for, I first need to qualify. So, once I complete the Park City and Calgary races, I’ll be all set for this season. After Calgary, we’re all driving back down to Park City to return the rental car and fly back East. I’ll actually be flying home (like, Denver, PA home) for the Thanksgiving holiday. After Thanksgiving I’ll drive back up to Lake Placid to train for about a week before flying overseas to Lillehammer, Norway and then to Sigulda, Latvia. At the conclusion of Sigulda, I’ll fly home for the Christmas. Second half of the season I’ll hit up Calgary and Park City again, this time on ICC to finish out the circuit. And now I need to take a breath.
It’s really easy for me to type out all of the information I know so far about what my tour will consist of and where I’ll be going and what I’ll be doing, but I’m seriously still processing. At the end of my first full skeleton season, I’ll have competed in 12 races on 4 brand new tracks. HOLY CRAP. Talk about new experiences. I mean, up until this point in my life, I’ve never left the county nor have I ever flown over an ocean. I’ll finally get to use my passport! It’s literally going to be one heck of a season this year, chock full of new adventures and life lessons, and as nervous/anxious/scared as I may be, I can’t wait to see what’s in store!
Thank you to everyone who has supported me and sent many positive thoughts my way….I really appreciate it!!!