July 7, 2008

Written by Ari Taub

July 7, 2008

We travelled to Colorado springs yesterday.

It took 12 hours and was a comedy of errors. My plane was broken so I sat at the Calgary airport for 6.5 hours waiting for another one to arrive. Then we landed in Denver and the ground crew weren’t there because united didn’t want to pay them overtime. As a result, it took a while to get off the plane and even longer to get our bags. By this time the car rental company we reserved with was closed. We went to another one and rented a smaller car for a bigger price. It was midnight by this time as the guy at hertz took 20 minutes to type in my drivers license. We were starving so we pulled into a gas station to get some food. It has been a long time since I had a gas station hamburger – they are terrible. I washed that down with a chocolate bar – a dinner for champions. We finally got to our hotel at 1:30 am.

I spent most of today in physio. We also trained once. I got a new record for push ups in a row – 46. lets see if I can get to 60 by the end of July.

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Frank Young
8 years ago

Hi Ari,
Thankfully, you have the advantage of being a seasoned competitor. You've seen these precompetition logistic snafus many times in your career. It also might be a potential wake-up call for possible contingency planning for Beijing. Of course, this should not be your responsibility to organize; it should be the Canadian team manager or even the chef de mission. Still, perhaps a mild dose of alternative planning might put your mind at rest so that you can focus solely on training, scouting the opposition, and fighting.
Keep up the good work. Frank.

Josh Maxwell
8 years ago

A friend of mine just emailed me one of your articles from a while back. I read that one a few more. Really enjoy your blog. Thanks