Sunday, January 27, 2008

Week round up & Chad's back

Skated alot this week and did some short track. Andrew has an interesting post on the Salt City Sprints ( Terri has some excellent pics of everyone in the albums......

Raced in the SLC Time Trials yesterday.

Everything I have been working on went out the window in the 500. Hate when that happens. Didn't skate relaxed (easy speed).
Couldn't get low off the start and legs were tired. I had a good 1st 6 steps off the line with Liam Ortega. Then couldn't keep up and I was in "chase mode". I don't skate well in "chase mode". I was not doing my own thing. Turn entry wasn't deep enough as I was behind. Coach Kraan said I was pushing back on the back stretch. Shitty set up of last turn and sort of gave up. Legs hurt big time only 250m into the race. Mentally was thinking how in the world will I do 3k in 30 minutes.

3k against Liam again. He took off and went over the top on the 2nd lap. I skated my own race and was in pain after a couple of laps. I kept it together for flat lap times and slight negative coming 32 and all 33s. The plan was for a flat race of all 32s but not on this day. I heard some people cheering for me. Eric Kraan said I have the best pain face as the last lap I had my eyes almost closed.

Paul Dyrud rocked a 3k as did Kreg Greer on the 500m. Josh Wood had a PB in the 5000m. It was interesting watching a Taekwondo tournament at the oval while we raced.

It looks like Chad is back.

World Allrounds are just around the corner. Shani has chosen not to race b4 so should be interesting in Berlin. Chad was only a second or so off Bokko's 1st place in the 10k World Cup in Hamar today. After seeing his last 10k (1 minute off his PB).....good for him. 6th or 7th in the 1500 as well.

One last thing. Short Track Am Cup. Looks like Anthony Lobello got the W for the men and Jessica Smith got 3rd for the women. Good for them. I heard Anthony hadn't been training recently??? Haven't seen him in a while at the oval but who knows..... what a great skater he is in both Short Track and Long Track.

results are here:

Other skaters of interest to me. Vicky Labourdette was 11th. I did some hard workouts with Vicky and Jessica. They are both fast. Matt Fergusion, Chris Creveling, Nick Frank, Jonathan Garcia and Sebastian Cano also were at many early morning ST workouts.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Dick Ring

Speaking of the Ringer brings back alot of stories he's told me over the years. Here's a link with some old pics including him:

#1. He used to live in Brighton, MA....they didn't have ice in Brighton (Bawstin) so he and a buddy had to take the T over to Brookline to skate. They did a couple of laps on the flooded pahhk when some goons came up to his buddy and him. They said your not from around her and get the #$#$ out. They continued to skate. I remember Ringer telling me that this guy was standing on a snowbank and he knew there would be trouble. He said he made sure he got in a good first shot then they got their #@# kicked. But as Ringer said at least I did some damage....:).

They licked their wounds and next day showed up again in Brookline for a skate. Same guys same result....limped back home again.

Day 3, they show up in Brookline again to skate. These same guys are ready to whoop on them again when some neighborhood tough guy intervenes as they are about to get whooped on again. He says to them, "you guys must really like this skating thing huh." Ringer says, "you bet your @#$ we do. We are training for Nationals and the Boston Silver Skates". The goon was obviously impressed with the Ringer and his salesmanship and gives them the ok to skate.
Ringer says the funniest part is a month later they are skating at the Silver Skates in Brighton. The guys he says who just a few weeks earlier we're beating the S#$t out of them are now cheering for them as they race.

Another good one. Maybe this was when he went with Art Longsjo to Nationals as the chief fundraiser. He said they would always run a raffle with some turkeys for Thanksgiving to pay for their skating trips. He would go to all the workers and neighbors in the hood. They would raise alot of money for the trip and the "winners" he said were always the families that needed the turkeys the most. I asked so you mean you fixed the raffle? Not really.... everyone felt good about the raffle. What a marketeer even in his youth :)

That was like the time I had no idea about bike racing and how good an announcer he was. I said to him so do you get paid to announce these bike races?? He looked at me with that Ringer look and was like you think i'm doing this for charity.....u bet your a@# i do.....

Lake Placid Age Group Nationals

I will be there! Some tough 40-49 year olds will be giving me a run for my money. These guys are either crafty, strong, fast or all of the above.

I got some emails and people asking me if I am coming to other Master meets. It's all about $$$$. If you want me to skate your meet send me some cold hard cash. I'm sure no one is reading this but if you have a wealthy friend who wants to see me skate it can't hurt to ask. Hey I can wish on a star. There are so many meets I'd love to do this year but the funds don't add up. Masters in Calgary, Masters International in MKE, National Marathon looks cool, ST old man Nationals, and the list goes on.

I had to pass on the Master Worlds in Erfurt since work wouldn't like me gone for 6 days. I still get fired up thinking about that one false start I did last year that ended my meet in Calgary. I learned in an All Round meet you can't win it with the 500 but you can lose it. That start rule needs to be CHANGED!! Everyone I talk to agrees but the ISU has there heads up there #$#$. One false start gives both skaters a false start??? Then I moved once and I'm gone. I've heard that it's all about TV...Dutch TV which rules speedskating.

Looking forward to going back to where it all began for me on the Long Track. There will be fun on the ice in Lake Placid. It looks like it will be cold for sure. Hopefully I see alot of old and new faces.

I talked to my good buddy Dick Ring and he will be there for the weekend enjoying the great outdoors. He's a legend of New England Bike Racing.

He is extensively quoted in the book Hearts of Lions. I would highly recommend it as required reading for any cycling racer. You will learn of the 4 velodromes that we had here in Salt Lake City as well as so many other things.

Hey Pimp if you are reading this I need my copy back.

Saturday, January 12, 2008


I was tagged by polska.

1. I have been skating for 37 years. I was a goalie for my college hockey team UMass/Boston. The team has not been good lately. We were 18-10-1 my senior year way back in 88/89. Myself and the other goaltender (John Haley) were co MVPs. We had a great coach who turned our program around (Bill Stewart).
2. Lately i have been eating the same breakfast (Blueberry bagel with cottage cheese and Dunkin Donuts coffee).
3. My first bike race in Utah was down at RMR in 2002. I lasted about 10 minutes before getting dropped. No one was calling me a wheel sucking sprinter then.
4. During the day I pretend to be a computer programmer. I program in a Language called M
5. I am the youngest of 4 boys. My mom is 85 now and had me when she was 43. My brothers are all over 60.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon

This is how I wish we raced here in America. That's a cool vid of Herenveen and how much the Dutch appreciate Shani and speedskating.

This is the Shani that I know. Here's an interview I found that was right after the Olympics. He's a skater and now a dad. I still can't believe that more than his WRs. You can see his love for skating even though he is a pro.

Here's the Teri's awesome pics from yesterdays's Short Track in Park City. I raced against my block chasing partner Jonathan Valdivia and Matt from Oklahoma. Matt's doing well for skating a short time. Great kids those two. They listen to me alot more than I would to anyone when I was under 20. It's great when they both ask questions and listen to me. I barely held Jonathan off for the win. He has improved so much so fast. See his progression video:

I made a nice pass in the 1000m right after he passed me. Hopefully he has the video.

I got the lucky 1 spot in the 500 and lead it start to finish. Jon was worried about falling as the ice was chipping out a little. I thought he might get me as I was having issues as well. 1500m he took it out hard with like 10 to go and it was a diefest. Only I died hard with like 3 to go. I mean HARD! Fun relay then a fun? 3000m.
It was great watching all the races. I can see the progress most everyone has made. It made me realize why I love skating not so much for winning but for the competition. It's nice when you win obviously. I could have raced Masters but mixed it up with kids less than 1/2 my age. I wish more skaters here came out for this. I had no idea who would show up. The year before I got 4th in SR men as most all of Mike Kooreman's New Edge group came out.

Friday, January 4, 2008

ST in Park City

Come on down. Lots of fun. Last year Eric Heiden was there giving out the medals. If you haven't seen this new rink in Park City you need to.

Short Track Speedskating Event, Sanctioned by U.S. Speedskating

Location: Park City Ice Arena
600 Gilmor Way
Park City, UT 84060

Date: January 5, 2008

Time: 10:45-11:15 a.m. Registration
1:15 -11:30 a.m. Warm-up
11:30-11:45 p.m. Resurface
11:45-2:00 p.m. Races
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Awards Ceremony, Pizza Party

Entry Fee: $15.00 Pre-Register & $25 Day of Race Registration
Cash or Checks made payable to the Park City Speedskating Club
Send entries to Utah Winter Games, P.O. Box 718, Park City UT 84060

Awards: Medals will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers

Refreshments: All competitors will join in a Pizza party following the races.
Guest may join the Pizza Party at a cost of $10.

For Info: David Harris
(435) 658-4311
Michael Drews



Pony……………. 10 years & under Master I…………..26 to 39
Junior……………11 to 15 Master II...………40 years of age or older
Senior……………16 to 25

Novice_________ Male___________

Open __________ Female__________

Name_________________________ Telephone__________


State________ Zip__________ Birth Date__________________

Age__________ (As of July 1, 2007)

Equipment Required: All skaters must wear long pants and long sleeve shirts, gloves and helmets
(shin guards and neck guards are recommended)

Waiver and Release:
This waiver must be read and signed before the participant will be permitted to take part in the UTAH WINTER GAMES SHORT TRACK COMPETITION on January 5, 2008 in Park City, Utah

BY SIGNING THIS AGREEMENT, THE PARTICIPANT AFFIRMS HAVING READ AND AGREED TO THE AGREEMENT. IN CONSIDERATION of my involvement in the sport and activities under the auspices of US Speedskating, the Wasatch Speedskating Association, and the Park City Speedskating Club,

I acknowledge, appreciate, and agree that:
1. I risk bodily injury, including paralysis, dismemberment, disability, and death, and while particular rules of my sport, equipment, and personal training and discipline may reduce this risk, this risk of injury does exist, as well as the risk of damage to or loss of property.
2. I knowingly and freely assume all such risks, both known and unknown, even if arising from the negligence of the releasees or others.
3. I willingly agree to comply with the stated and customary terms and conditions for participation. If, however, I observe any unusual or unnecessary hazard during my presence or participation,
4. I, for myself and on behalf of my heirs, assigns, personal representatives, and next of kin, hereby release, hold harmless, and promise not to sue US Speedskating, the Wasatch Speedskating Association, or the Park City Speedskating Club, or other sponsoring organizations, their officers, volunteers, staff, sponsors and/or agents (“releasees”), with respect to any and all injury and loss arising from my participation, whether caused by the negligence of the releasees or otherwise.
I have read this Release of Liability and Waiver Agreement, fully understand its terms, and sign it freely and voluntarily.

Participant’s Signature ______________________________________ Date _______

Parent or Legal Guardian (if skater is under 18)_________________________________

Participant’s Name (Printed) ______________________________________


Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Complaint Free World

This non-profit organization contemplates the positive impact of a complaint free world. Suggesting that people try to remain complaint free for 21 days, and after that, they say, uncomplaining behavior will turn into habit. Cool concept!