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.

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