OK, not planning to bore you here. Just highlighting that we're off to Frankfurt tomorrow, to catch our flight to Sardinia at 7am on Sunday, yippee! So I'll not update the site for some time now, but look forward to some pictures and reports when we return.
It will be nice to have a week of holiday, my first "real" one since last year's camp. I hope to recharge my batteries, grab some new technique hints and just enjoy myself. Given the fact that we are a group of 80 people, among them 20+ LSST members, I'm sure we will have a brilliant time.
The forecast bothers me a bit though, I better pack some replacement bearings as well That said, I've had the best skate ever in the pouring Sardinian rain, so I'll just see what happens.
Spring has finally arrived! Alle the wet and damp roads are history for now. Blazing sunshine all day and the first really gentle temperatures even make my cycle journey to work feel pleasant at the moment.
On Sunday we managed to put in a very nice training session at some Swedish furniture store's car park, it is always quite nice to train there as there's a 1km loop where we can split up and rejoin instantly.
Too bad the sun still sets early, so unless we really hurry we'll not get a skating session in during the week. Well that's not going to be an issue anymore once we go to Sardinia... I am really starting to get excited now and will start packing soon.
Ice skating is finished though, so we'll not do more than this first brief session. Well, something to look forward to for next off-season.
Two days ago Merten and I tried out Ice-Speedskating. The last time I was skating on ice was about four years ago. Maybe this is why I felt like a complete gumbie again. The first steps where really wobbly and for sime time I felt more confident when I could hold the board
But after some time I started feeling more and more confident and at the end of the training hour I even skated in a low position and tried to push. Getting home (after taking my broken bike on the tube) I really felt my ankles being tired. I did not imagine in advance that it would be so different to speed skate on ice in comparison to "normal" speed-skating. I think the most unusual thing for me is the foot position: while speed skating I try to keep my foot as centered as much as I can over the skate. During ice speed-skating I had the feeling that I had to pronate a bit so that the blade has a good grip.
I am really curious about the next time on ice - we will surely do this more extensivly next winter. Now I am looking forward to the summer...
Just updated the site design to something a little brighter. I had always found the old colors to be a bit dark, so it was time for something fresh for the 2007 season.
The picture used for the header is part of the image series I took at last year's final stage of the North German race series, sitting inside a highspeed corner.
Not many more news since my last post. Started working on March 1st, too early yet to tell a lot. But Tuesday will be interesting: Michi and I aim to try ice speedskating for the first time. I managed to get some clap frames for us which can be mounted to inline boots, so we can use our customs for ice as well. More on that next week, hopefully with pictures...