We just finished up our camp in Collalbo Italy, team processing in Munich and are now in Sochi!! For those of you who don’t know, Collalbo is an outdoor track in the Italian Alps. Obviously, skating outdoors with all the elements creates all new challenges that most of us who grew up in the tightly controlled environment of indoor rinks are not used to. The snow, the cold, and the wind can easily be a distraction if you allow it to be.
During warmup one morning, some of us were discussing how skating in climate controlled ovals has changed the type of athletes who are now in skating. There is something about skating indoors everyday for years on end that in many ways makes you “fragile”. The slightest things seem to become a distraction. If the shades aren’t down in the south end of the Utah Oval, you will invariably hear complaining in five minutes.
But skating outdoors is one of those things where you either accept each day for what it is and do your best or you lay down an egg for a workout every time you are out there. In a lot of ways, skating outdoors is similar to life. You see what each day brings and do your best with what you got. It may not be perfect all the time but a lot of good things can come from the struggle against forces beyond your control.
With that being said a life long dream of being an Olympian is finally coming to fruition. There have been a lot of days were myself and those around me took each imperfect day for what it was and made the best of it. We did that for years on end and look where it got us now…