Last week we flew to Calgary, Alberta, Canada to compete in our first World Cup! It was a whole other level compared to any competition we've been to. Private pickup at the airport, interviews, photo shoots, blood doping tests, and athlete ID cards to get anywhere.
Besides the cool perks, it was also an amazing week of racing for the both of us. I (Ryan) set a new Irish record in the 500m and the 1500m as well as getting new personal bests in both these distances. Sean set a new Irish record in the 1000m and also set personal bests in the 500m and 1000m.
We are now training hard for the next month until we head to South Korea on December 10th! This is the next World Cup we are racing in and it's also the official Olympic test event. Everything is starting to come together it seems our hard work really is paying off. We are so excited for our future in speed skating.
We we will be posting more photos soon!