Air Force Warrior Games Training/Selection Camp
Right now, I'm in San Antonio, TX for the Air Force Warrior Games Team Selection/Training Camp. It's been great catching up with some of my friends from last year's team and making some new ones on this year's team.
I'm running the 1500 meters for track. We have a really talented coach, who is a wheelchair-track champion. I'm learning a great deal. I've also got supportive track partners, like Matt (above) that push me to run faster and not to give up.
Needless to say, every muscle in my body is aching and sore. Don't even ask about my neck and arm... ugh. There are attentive physical therapists, who've worked out my spasms and greased me up with bio-freeze. I've made it through two floor volleyball and two wheelchair basketball practices without smashing myself up too terrible. I have counted 9 or 10 greenish-blue bruises that are scattered over my elbows, knees, ankles and calves. Oh, and various blisters and scrapes on my hands.
I will share some pictures of the rifle and pistol training tomorrow. Last year, I shot the air rifle standing and prone and did better than I ever thought would. So this year, I've decided to push myself further. Yes, I'm adding another event--pistol!! I have only fired it for two sessions, so still have a ways to go. But I'm enthusiastic.
While I don't swim, I do enjoy watching my team mates hit the pool. I took the opportunity to take some shots of them in training.
Here's our head coach, Cami Stock, demonstrating some proper body postures for swimming.
My buddy, Ryan, isn't back this year because he's in pilot training. However, we have a new team member who's just as talented. He last his leg in a free fall sky diving accident.
We've got a para-rescue (PJ) dude...
We have a wheelchair hero, who is just learning to swim too! It's inspiring!
And then there's Chris, who hasn't changed a bit from last year. Instead of working out to get a six-pack, he shaved one into his hair. Don't worry folks, it's just a joke. He's got a great sense of humor! Well done Chris.