Giving y'all a short update and the links for the Calgary Finale competition starting tomorrow!
|Calgary Olympic Oval, Canada|
Wow, a long day of travel yesterday finally got us (Jeffrey and I) to Calgary, Canada last night. Racing for me begins tomorrow (the 3000m) and Jeffrey will begin Friday with the 500m. Ice was wicked fast during race prep at the oval today, or so it felt like that to me coming from the slower/work ice in Milwaukee, so that gave me the extra confidence tomorrow's race should be a solid one! This will be the first time I've raced since my rock-bottom results from Nationals back in December. Yes, there is a bit of nervousness going into tomorrow's race, but what I have gained in my training the last couple months has given me the excitement for racing tomorrow. And though it seems a lot is riding on this race tomorrow: to get a fast time, end the season on a good note, prove that I am on a comeback going into 2014 Olympic year, to validate my training as of late...I have to say that the faith and joy I have found once again in my training in these last weeks has been the turning point I've needed in my career. But in all of this, the glory that results is all for the Lord (in victory and in failure)...who has blessed me tremendously throughout the trials/injuries I have endured since Vancouver 2010. He is the one who has given me this talent in the first place; He has given me everything. Like Eric Liddel admirably said,
"You came to see a race today. To see someone win. It happened to be me. But I want you to do more than just watch a race. I want you to take part in it. I want to compare faith to running in a race. It's hard. It requires concentration of will, energy of soul. You experience elation when the winner breaks the tape - especially if you've got a bet on it. But how long does that last? You go home. Maybe you're dinner's burnt. Maybe you haven't got a job. So who am I to say, 'Believe, have faith,' in the face of life's realities? I would like to give you something more permanent, but I can only point the way. I have no formula for winning the race. Everyone runs in her own way, or his own way. And where does the power come from, to see the race to its end? From within. Jesus said, 'Behold, the Kingdom of God is within you. If with all your hearts, you truly seek me, you shall ever surely find me.' If you commit yourself to the love of Christ, then that is how you run a straight race. I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure."
Now for the links to the results from this week:
Calgary Oval page and click on the race you want...I will be racing the 3000m ladies tomorrow (March 7th) http://188.8.131.52/Competition/Results.aspx
SpeedskatingResults.com: http://speedskatingresults.com/index.php?p=2&e=10459 and then click on the race.
Last resort, go to my Facebook fan page where my updated tweets on our racing will be posted as well:
The Calgary Finale full schedule:
Thanks always to our Support Team including (sorry if I failed to mention you, but you know who you are): our sponsors Extreme Endurance, Magnet Street, CoreFitness, Oakley (Megan&Steve). To our therapy team: Paula, Bannockburn Chiropractic (Dr. Yoss/Carl), and Major Chiropractic and Sports Injury. To Hilary Barreto who has done amazing work with our photo shoots. To our mom, our coach, who has sacrificially given her life to help us achieve our goals and teaching us life lessons along the journey. And to our family and friends, for we would not be where we are today if it wasn't for the people alongside us encouraging us everyday.
1 Corinthians 9:25