Today I met an American bobsled athlete, a first for me. How did I come about meeting an American bobsled athlete you ask? I randomly emailed him and asked if he would be willing to meet me. I didn't even realize that he was an American bobsled athlete when I emailed him.
That is honestly how I met him. So bizarre.
Meet Jeremy. This was the first person I planned with to meet. It was pretty cool. This gave me some time to read up on Jeremy. He has accomplished so much! Author, speaker, bobsledder and web developer just to name a few. Finding information out about Jeremy and some of the things he has done was fairly easy so I wanted to find different topics to talk to him about and also hopefully learn something from him.
Me: "What is something most people don't know about bobsledding?"
Jeremy: "There are a lot of little intricacies as far as driving and technique. We actually experience more G's than astronauts do. An astronaut will feel about 4 G's, sustained, during take off. In some turns in bobsledding we will get up to 5.5 or 6...we aren't wearing G suits or anything, just spandex!"
I had no clue that the pull would be that extreme bobsledding. I have experienced positive and negative G's when flying a plane, but I don't think they were quite that extreme.
Jeremy: "Another surprising thing about bobsledding is that the shoes have 600 tiny spikes on the bottom..."
So that is how they get traction.
"...When you watch four man (bobsledding) you see they have to be a lot more careful during takeoff. If you aren't careful you can catch those spikes on your partner."
It was really awesome to actually meet an American bobsled athlete. I half joking told my wife about 8 months ago that I wanted to go to an open tryout/combine in Park City that would put you on track to get involved with different winter olympic sports. I still think about going to the next one.
Me: "So are the combines in Park City the best way to get into bobsledding?"
Jeremy: "There are a couple ways you can get involved. We say you first have to fail a psychiatric evaluation (chuckles). You either A: Try it with someone who does it. You know once you do it that you will either love it or hate it. The other way is to do it through the tryouts. If it goes well you will be invited to a camp or a program. It's expensive. It's a lot of time and a lot of money. Once you do it and you love it, that's what has made your decision."
Another person describing an essential thing I am learning. Do what you love and make it work. Don't work and hopefully do what you love.
I talked with Jeremy longer than I have talked to anyone else, almost 45 minutes. It was great to be able to connect with someone on a very personal level. Jeremy also asked me a lot about my background and history. It is fun to look at myself every now and then.
Me: "Writing a book. What is that process like?"
Jeremy: "A lot of people say they want to write a book but then they never start because they are afraid of the process. The process really isn't that scary. I tell people 'Write your book and worry about the process later.' As far as publishers go...I went to the book store and looked for books like the one I wanted to publish and write down the publisher name."
A scientific way of finding a publisher. I love that! I don't think I would ever want to write a book but then again I never thought I would want to start a blog so we will see where life takes me in a few years. If I do decide to write one, I am taking the advice Jeremy gave me.
I asked Jeremy if he is just constantly busy, going all the time.
Jeremy: "I am...I know that I can use my talents and abilities to help others, inspire others, server others and teach others. Ultimately I want to be able to do that from my own home."
I honestly couldn't imagine doing all of the things Jeremy does and having a family as well. But I can agree, working from home would be fantastic!
It was interesting to also talk to Jeremy and have him talk about how their is a very public and private side of being an athlete. You never really think about athletes or celebrities. They are people just like you and me.
Jeremy was so positive. His attitude towards life was absolutely infectious. I love asking people something unique about themselves, even though Jeremy had given me so many unique things about himself, I asked anyways.
Jeremy: "I think what makes me unique is combination of things. I don't fit the traditional mold. Born in Pennsylvania and grew up in Oklahoma and then moved to Utah. I hated roller coasters and now I am in the biggest roller coaster sport. We tend to look at people on the outside...Inside of that person (athlete, celebrity or anyone) there is a beating heart and a lot of emotion. My emotion is what makes me unique."
Jeremy was absolutely fantastic to talk to. It seems like once a week I meet someone that is the type of person that really leaves an impact on me and leaves me feeling jazzed on life. Jeremy was one of those people. I look forward to getting my hands on some of Jeremy's books, I am sure they will be as awesome as meeting him in person.
Today I learned to try new things. You never know what you will love.