Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Mid Trials update

Noelle came away from the NY races with 2 wins and has 2 more races in Park City before the team is officially named.  These races are on Oct 31st (Halloween) at 5pm and Nov 1st at 4 pm.  Thank you all for your support, this has been an amazing journey so far and there are amazing things yet to happen.  We couldn't do this without all of you.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Lake Placid Race Day #1 Results

Noelle won the first of Team Trials by over a second and has another race this morning.  I will post all of the results later.  You might be able watch or listen in by following three below link: 
http://m.ustream.tv/channel/usalugelive?rmalang=en_US

The race starts around 9:40 am eastern time

Monday, October 22, 2012

The night before the race!

We have 2 days left here in NY; tomorrow is the first race of team trials in Lake Placid and Noelle's training runs have gone really well.  I will attach a few photos from the track and from our backyard here in NY.

 This is an amazing train set in the basement of the Peters home where we are staying.  The kids love it!
 Just part of the backyard where we went on a 3 mi loop today, pushing our double stroller by the way, over this bridge and through rough trails.  Amazing!
This is a view from the top of the track

video
 This is Noelle's 2 handed push, since changed to a 1 handed approach

This is Noelle's new pod, she's coming back in style!

Tomorrow is the first race of team trials in Lake Placid and Noelle's training runs have gone really well.  I will attach a few photos from the track and from our backyard here in NY.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

1 Week Down

We are 1 week down on the long journey towards the Sochi 2014 Olympics.  Moved in with some great friends near Lake Placid, NY, we are 2 days away from the first set of races of the 2012-2013 Skeleton team trials.  Practices so far have been going very well for Noelle and she has been placing at the top of pack each day.
We are experiencing some technical difficulties with the comfort of the saddle (the part of the sled she lays in and holds on to).  Her first few runs left her some pretty gnarly bruises, so we did some cutting and adjusting only to repeat it again 2 more times.  We finally finished the last set of modifications (fingers crossed) and we'll find out Monday morning when she slides if they worked or not.  The actual races take place on Tuesday and Wednesday morning, (you can visit www.noellepikuspace.com for a more detailed schedule of upcoming events and races). Noelle is supposed to be sliding in official training on Sunday, but we have decided to forgo any unnecessary sliding on Sunday's.  We are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) and feel that we are being blessed for this decision.  Mormons are Christians and as such, we believe in keeping the commandments to the best of our abilities.  We aren't perfect but we do our best continually try to live Christlike lives.  You can find out more at www.mormon.org; don't believe the rumors, find out for yourselves.  We're not as weird as people think we are.
Thank you to everyone who has helped us in this journey and making this dream and experience a reality.  We hope that your lives can be touched as much as ours has through the generosity that has been given on our behalf.
I will try and keep this updated as often as possible, anywhere from 1-3 times a week so you can be a part of the journey.




Saturday, October 13, 2012

Detroit to Hartford in route to Lake Placid

This is a 2 hour layover before we hit Connecticut, then we drive through Massachusetts into NY and straight up, 4 hours of driving after a long day of flying.  We are still in awe a little not really knowing what we're getting ourselves into, acting on a whim of faith and going this all works out.  Thank you everyone for your support, we hope not to disappoint.