We’re only a few days away from the second race of the season in my home town of Saint Paul, MN, and I’m getting really anxious to get this show on the road. Over the past month and a half I have been trying to keep my mind off of the race and stick to my normal training schedule. I’ve needed a new pair of skates for a while now and after Niagara Falls they were a must. I've been on the ice 3-4 times a week, and I can finally say I have my new skates broken in the way I want them. Along with skating I have been sticking to my normal routine in the gym. For the most part, I’m not trying to make a ton of changes to what I have been doing so far this season.
I currently live only an hour and a half away from Saint Paul and got some free time early this week to drive down and check out the track. It’s got a familiar feel to last year’s course but they've made a few major changes. The thing you notice first is the starting gate, it’s a monster! Standing at 48 feet it will separate the men from the boys right out of the gate. The other big change is they removed the double bump after “Pete’s Corner,” and replaced it with a huge double wave. Skaters will either need to give it their all to double the wave or slow down and absorb it to stay in control. Overall the track will definitely be one of the most technical tracks of the season.
I had the opportunity to host the final qualifier for the event in Saint Paul at the Excel Energy Center a few weeks ago, and I’m really excited to see how our boys do on the hill. The popularity of the sport is growing across the nation, and especially in the state of hockey. There was an impressive amount of talent that came out of all the qualifiers and I have high expectations for all of our USA athletes!
See ya there!
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