03 February 2016

Stavanger World Cup 5 Recap

Overall, Nancy and I didn't perform great. Neither of us qualified for the World All-Around Championships next month in Berlin. But that's the life of an athlete, unless maybe you've risen to the title of Champion in your sport and when you're at the top it's a little easier to stay at the top for a while. But we're both not at the top, yet. Nancy and I had a great US Championships a few weeks earlier, but sometimes race weekends just don't turn out if one (of countless reasons) hasn't prepared your body and mind just right for that weekend of racing. Now as the speedskating season shuts down during the next couple months we both have to figure out which competition we will finish the 2015/16 season with!

We just want to continue to say a sincere thanks for all the thoughts and encouragement from you all out there, we gave it our best!

Race morning warmup

My 5000m race

Warming up for the 3000m race

Pre-3000m race

12 year old Andreas speedskates and cycles on a team here in Stavanger. He also returned my lost phone to me :)

Andreas' 7 year old sister Adele also speedskates. The next brother/sister speedskating duo for Norway?

Cycling warm up room

Erik Gilmore. Our Norwegian/American friend who we trained with in Milwaukee when he lived there for 3 years. Haven't seen him til this weekend!

Photo Credit:  Oscar van den Bosch (SchaatsFoto's)

 Photo Credit:  Oscar van den Bosch (SchaatsFoto's)

Right before Jeffrey's 1500m A group race (my gloves always feel too small)

Cameras on Nancy

One of the crazier things that happened this weekend was that the lights completely shut off during Nancy's 5000m race! Nobody was sure if the (quad of) skaters were going to keep going but all four of them finished–it was kind of cool to see.

30 January 2016

World Cup Stavanger Day 2

Short update, again because we need to get to bed for another big race day tomorrow. Jeffrey raced his 5k today and I raced my 1500m. Jeffrey's 5k was solidly consistent, but not his potential...and my 1500m was, well, lets just say my first World Cup race in 4 years. And it is a race from which I can only get better and improve. To be honest I was not happy at all, but as I sat down afterwards, I was just thankful to have the opportunity to be at this World Cup and gain international experience again. Perspective. I can smile though it hurt. :)

Tomorrow is the 1000m for Jeffrey and the 3000m for me. Jeffrey will be racing at 11:35am (4:35am CST) and I will be racing the 3k at 12:40pm (5:40am CST). The last day of racing!

Picture below is of our great and long-time friend Mats Roger Jensen who we've known from the days of summer ice camp in Hamar (Norway) that Mom-coach taught for years. Then he came to the US and trained with TeamSwiderPeltz for the 2010 Olympics but missed it. He's an incredibly hard worker, has a heart of gold and am so thankful we are able to catch up with him and his father Geir-Arne again. 

29 January 2016

1500 Meters Earlier Today

Real quick cause I'm going to bed–I finished 20th out of 20 in A group. So not a very good race today although I thought I was on a good one. It's ok though, it's been a great year! You can’t win them all–but almost all. Tomorrow both Nancy and I are racing. A 1500m for her and a 5k for me. Let's go!

UPDATE: By the way, here's the video of the 1500m!


28 January 2016

Jeffrey Racing the 1500m Tomorrow

Jeffrey will be racing the 1500m tomorrow at 6pm Stavanger time, 11am Central Standard Time for those back home! This is his best race and will be racing in the A group, first pair as shown above. This race combined with his 5k race Saturday will determine if he will then make the World Championships that will be held in Berlin a month from now! Support him, pray for him, cheer him on :)

To watch his race (because he is in A group and its shown live), one must be on the Google Chrome browser, download this: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/anonymox/icpklikeghomkemdellmmkoifgfbakio

When downloaded, there will be a blue X in the upper right corner. click on it, change the country to NL (netherlands), and go to this website: http://nos.nl/sport/schaatsen/ where there should be a yellow box or something that will say "live" 1500m men. Click on that and watch! Sorry I won't be able to help much because I will be watching him race live myself, but will keep you all update later unless you follow me on Instagram where I will post his results soon after his race..

For LIVE time results, click on this link: http://live.isuresults.eu/2015-2016/stavanger/d505.htm