Thursday, February 6, 2014

Meanwhile in Mother Russia

      The team made it here. Now we always have that one going for us. There is actually a lot of good things going for us right now. Naturally there are a few pending issues at hand. I say naturally because it wouldn't seem right with out the frustrating glitches that come with every trip. This time around I'm a little inclined to be more harsh on the flaws. It's the Olympics. Shouldn't we be able to eat and train without having to walk two plus hours a day? I've always imagined that the Olympics would have different feel to them over a world cup or championships. That part has more than lived up to it's prediction.
         As far as I'm concerned we are dealing with the big three. The internet is temperamental. Sometimes it's blazing fast, while other days it doesn't even show up. For the record "blazing fast" refers to the average bandwidth speed of internet in North America. With a half dozen routers in our Olympic team cabin you would think (for the first time ever) that the wifi would be a non factor. But here we are yet again.
          We are under strict recommendations to wear the right brand of clothing at certain places. It's free game in our cabins, but once we leave we're supposed to wear either the Nike or Ralph Lauren clothing that we were fitted with. In the whole biathlon area we have to make the switch to the Olympic Adidas clothing. This is a whole new set of the Adidas gear from the WC, but with out logos. The problem with all of this is that we don't really have the clothing that we're supposed to wear. The Ralph Lauren gear came in a few days ago and the Nike stuff that we all really want right now is still in limbo. It was originally going to meet us at luggage claim day one. That was last Sunday.  Who's doing the logistics here, United Airlines?
           The last complaint I have is worth while. The USA house is the furthest from everything. Okay, so we're close to the laundry mat, but you can't exactly eat or train at the laundry mat. Monday was the first full day in the Endurance Village. We logged loosely two hours and fifteen minutes of walking. The last hill up to biathlon venue is steep and long enough to count as training. I've come to realize that the fitness too walking tolerance ratio of a full time endurance athlete is not proportional. For the amount of money and resources that when into the monumental village you would think keeping up with shuttle bus service would be cake walk. Well, here are. The initial schedule said "every five minutes" Was that a typo? Did they mean to say "hours"? This is, after all, The Olympics. If we're not training we're resting. Walking is a grey area and accomplishes little too nothing.
         Alright those are few complaints. The bright side of life is looking very bright right now. Yesterday was the first day to have a cloud in the sky. The temps are little colder than last year, but nothing inconvenient. The trip over here was surprisingly smooth. You could tell there was long list of logistics that went into the Saturday and Sunday of last week. Team processing was pretty much the way I though it would be. Which was awesome by the way. The accommodations are roomy. In my opinion the food is just fine. This list could go on. The overall mood is in a good place. I could go into the detail about the race course, but I'll save that one for another day. It should be noted that everything about that venue has a fresh foreign feel to it over the typical central Euro and Scandinavian atmosphere that we're accustomed to. And this is nice change.
         I'm even going to put off talking about training. Anything that has to do with racing can wait till Sunday once our sprint race is completed. I'll mess around with some pictures later on and put those up as well. For now it would be nice to just enjoy the easy recovery day with some easy classic. Also, I can't help but have to say thanks again for the support that I still keep receiving. Got to love that small town theme. From what I hear the fundraiser dinner back home was amazing!


Anonymous said...

Hang in there! The Olson's at Madawaska Lake

Brenda Harmon Jenkins said...

What a wonderful experience! So glad your parents could make it. Wishing the man from The County the best.

Anonymous said...

Good luck Russell from Presque Isle!! USA!!!