Last days in Nagoya

Tip of the day: leaving a tip after a meal, cab tide, or personal care is considered insulting. If you decide to tip, they will say, “no thank you.” And then bow.
It’s the end of day 2, and I haven’t posted any results. We raced from 8 am to 6pm the first day, which made blogging basically impossible.

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My races were the 1000m and 1500m, I raced the preliminaries for those races on Friday. Jr Celski and John-Henry were also in these races. I made the 1500 semi, but my 1000 didn’t go as well since I was disqualified for impeding a Hungarian skater. The race I skating semi-finals in (1500m) was great. I made an outside pass with 3 laps to go and took third qualifying spot.
The races have been very close and slower than usual. In Calgary, the 500m times were 40sec. Here the times are 42sec. In each heat there is always an incident with bumping or crashing since everyone is experiencing the bad ice conditions.

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So far Jr is the only US skated to bring home a medal, silver in the 1000m. He skated against Victor Ahn and made an aggressive pass to the the front. But after the pack caught up to him, the scrapping for position moved Ahn up to first place. In some situations, being fearless is the best bet. And in this case, making a late inside pass at the first block (from fourth to first) was the best bet.
The relay has been a really tough race for us this season. I believe Murphy’s law definitely applies here, and should never be ignored. In what was usually a routine pass, we were penalized for impeding a Kazakhstan skater. When you mix crazy speeds, sore legs and terrible ice conditions it can be volatile.
I’ll finish this post with a few pics I took yesterday. My favorite is the picture with a man standing on the outside of the 3rd floor on the ledge cleaning windows. Can you see him in the picture?

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One thought on “Last days in Nagoya

  1. Sorry to hear about the poor conditions. Like inlines, you have to be prepared for potholes and cobblestones, I guess. Great to hear from you – about the Japanese culture. Pictures are great.

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