Altman's Training Log

Thursday, August 14, 2008

On hold....

So I went to the rowing course today for the semifinal, got warmed up, stretched, weighed in, and was prepping to launch to race for a spot in Sunday's Olympic medal final - and then thunder and lightning struck. My race got delayed, which put us in a holding pattern. Sat and waited in the United States 'waiting room' (we have cots to relax on), not sure whether we were going to go out and settle this today or not. The key during these kind of unexpected delays is to stay cool - pressure does strange things to people so lots of times regattas turn on who handles speed bumps like this the best. Finally, we got the word that the races were canceled, so we loaded up on the bus and went back to the hotel. It sounds like there were a lot of factors that went into the decision to delay, primarily what this would do to the TV coverage and crews that weren't planning on working tomorrow (Friday was supposed to be a 'buffer' day with no racing before medal finals start on Saturday). So we'll do this again tomorrow, and I'll repeat all my pre-race rituals again and get ready to go out and race hard...

One other development - strange stuff happens at the Olympics.... the German crew, which has been really fast this year, had to scratch due to illness. This is following up some shocking races yesterday, including the semifinals of the men's heavyweight four in which 1st, 2nd and 3rd place from last year's Wold Championships all failed to make it to the medal final of six. Having been thru this before, it doesn't surprise me all that much - I knew crazy things would start to happen, and it would be all about being ready for them.

1 comment:

dad394 said...

Good luck tomorrow Mike. The kids think indeed, you are, a very big deal.

Phil C.