So what is happening in the next 47 days? Well, it's going to be a very stressful time for the brakeman. On the mens side, last year we secured 3 world cup teams for the upcoming World Cup season so that means there is 12 athletes (plus 2 spares) being named to the team this year. Minus form that the three pilots, Lyndon, myself and Justin Kripps and you have 9 racing spot and 2 spare spots remaining. This may seem like a lot, but with over 20 athletes vying for 11 spots, that'll mean half of them will be leaving the September push camp disappointed. This will be a tough time for the brakeman but it will also be a tough time for me as well as these athletes who are essentially being told that their Olympic dream is over have all been team mates of mine over the last few years. These athletes have helped me obtain great results, helped me overcome adversity and helped me regain the confidence when I needed them most and to see them miss out on a spot will be difficult but a necessary outcome in a sport that demands the best from everybody.
For now there has been a lot of push training and it's great to see everyone stepping up there game. I have uploaded a video to the teams facebook group that shows a front camera view of some team training in the ice house here in Calgary. You can see it here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151544574092096
I will be starting to upload more and more content as the weeks grow nearer to competition and to the Olympic Games so if you want to stay in touch with the teams progress then you can "like" the facebook page and follow the team on twitter from the home page of my website: http://www.bobteamspring.com/home.html
I'm really looking forward to the next 47 days. It's at this time of the year that my stomach starts to rumble a little and the goosebumps start to rise from my skin. I usually get these feelings from the weather and it triggers my thoughts to change from Summer training to business time on the ice. Seeing the leaves change colour, the smell of fresh dew in the morning, the sound of me scraping my truck window for morning practice and of course, the sight of the first snowflake. Now maybe not all of these things will happen in the next 47 days, but one thing is for sure, in 47 days time my team will be embarking on it's most important season to date and I look forward to having your support on this journey.