I wish I could say that they are all fond memories. That is far from the case. There are some situations that I can't wait to forget about and others that left simply left a permanent scar to be brutally honest. I'm not going to miss the lack of transportation. This was addressed in an earlier update. It never really got any better. Most of the shuttle drivers could be found parked at the center station either sleeping or outside smoking at the "smoke free" Olympic village. Complaining about the obnoxious, and unnecessary efforts it took to do... almost anything would take too long to recall. Let's just say the exit strategy set for the athletes made for a nice going away present from the Russian logistics department.
In case you missed the relay it did not work out the way I imagined it would. We were not running at our best capacity from the start. Tim was and still is sick and is on antibiotics. Sean, as the team alternate took his place. Leif was also sick and wouldn't have even trained in a different situation. So it was Lowell, then me, Sean, and Leif as out anchor leg. We were keeping optimistic about it. From the sounds of it we weren't the only team salvaging it up for the last race. Long story short I killed what ever chance we had. Lowell really went for it on the first leg. It worked out well. He tagged off to me in fourth. Less than ten seconds off of the lead. I snagged a great ride behind the Russian team for the first lap. All was going well until I landed on the range mat for prone. This is where things start going down hill. I had three misses from the clip and proceeded to miss them all over again with my three extra rounds. One penalty in a relay is bad news. I had three. The other guys had decent races. Unfortunately they were fighting towards the back of the race. I was not in very comfortable mood after the race. I really just wanted to punch the whole world in the face. I didn't do any punching, because after all unless I can go back in time and redo that prone stage there isn't much point in doing anything spiteful.
|The people that you meet.|
|Team USA chalet.|
|So long Endurance Village. Can't help but wonder what will become of this place down the road.|
Don't ask me when I'm going to be home. I don't know and wouldn't tell you if I did. When I do get home if someone would like to sell a mound of clothing on ebay for commission price that would be great. There is almost no snow in Inzell right now. We'll be in Slovenia next week and supposedly they have three meters of snow. Maybe we'll get out of April and back into winter.
|There is just so much to be said about this one.|