Wednesday, October 25, 2006

The first day is the worst day.

*Note: I wrote this 3 weeks ago, but it didn't get posted. So I am re-posting today. Sorry.

The date is October 3, 2006, and we had our first day of on ice training. This is by far the earliest I/we have ever started our season and its nice. With the help and support from the state of New York we are the first team in the world to begin bobsledding. Now that's an opportunity we can't pass up, take that you nasty Germans!!

Yes, I know, I can't believe it either, I was actually bobsledding today it was 65 degrees for crying out loud. I'll tell you right now, there's nothing like snaking through 20 curves at 80mph by the skin of my teeth in a t-shirt, yee haw. So what would make this the worst day? I say that more for the catchy title, but for the most part its tough both mentally and physically.

We spend all summer training hard, mainly lifting weights and sprinting. But for some reason, our bodies are never prepared for the initial shock of the initial runs of the bobsled season . After two runs, I felt like I had just played both ways on a college football team, with no pads. Every muscle was tired, I'm already bruising at the points where my body and the sled make contact, and I could hardly catch my breath; I'm completely exhausted trying to write this and its only the day one of 150+.

Most people don't realize how hard this sport is on your body, unfortunately as a driver, its just as hard mentally. The first day is especially difficult because there is so much to think about, so much to prepare for, so many unknowns.

1. Do I still remember how to do this?
2. Will my mind be able to keep up with the speed?
3. Why do I have to go from the top?
4. Is the track ready?
5. Is my brakeman ready?
6. Am I ready?
7. What's for dinner?
8. Did I leave the iron on?

Its somewhat overwhelming. Fortunately it takes less than a minute to answer most of those questions.

1. Yeah, its like riding a bike.
2. The first run is always really, really fast. Unfortunately, there's nowhere to practice going 80mph, pulling 5G's, in a 4 foot wide path during the summer.
3. Like I said, its like riding a bike, you don't start out after 8 months of not riding with training wheels again. At least I hope you don't.
4. There's only one way to find out if the track is ready, go down it!
5. If not, he'd better suck it up.
6. If not, I'd better suck it up.
7, Steak, potatoes, green beans, and some salad. Jello for dessert. I love Jello.
8. Wait, I don't even have an iron.

1 comment:

swholcomb said...

Holcomb, you left MY iron on in your room when you left in sept!!!


What results should our funding be based on?

Who is the US Bobsled Team?

During the season Bobsledders and Skeleton-ers are paid for the races that take place each weekend. Skeleton athletes get paid $1000 for their 1 race. Since bobsledders race twice in a weekend should they be paid twice?

How much equipment should be given to the #1 team