Team Rainbo
Team Practice in HoffmanEstates, June 2002

For all you non-speed types that have been wondering where Iíve been most weekends, hereís a glimpse into the excitement of speed skating. (Not to mention the high fashion, just look at those great new team skin suits this year.) Back on point, Iíve tried to capture here some of the feeling of speed and power embodied by Team Rainbo, and maybe to entice one or two of you to come out and give us a try. Some of the Midwestís fastest men and women on skates practice here and believe me it can be humbling, but not humiliating, thereís lotís to learn here and team members are always there to help a skater better his or her technique. OK, read on, Iím out to practice and to try to best Margo one of these days.


Tom dressed for the heat of morning practice, in late June.
Tom dressed for the heat of morning practice, in late June.
Nancy takes a flier as the pack follows Margo down and around the curve.
Nancy takes a flier as the pack follows Margo down and around the curve.
What comes down must go back up.
What comes down must go back up.
All too often this is my view of the lead pack; pulling away from me up the hills.
All too often this is my view of the lead pack; pulling away from me up the hills.
Nancy starting to lean into a turn.
Nancy starting to lean into a turn.
Though it doesn't seem like it, this group gets hot and stops for water and a rest just like 
rec skaters.
Though it doesn't seem like it, this group gets hot and stops for water and a rest just like rec skaters.
Greg showing off his Greg-ness.
Greg showing off his Greg-ness.
Cale leads around a turn
Cale leads around a turn
Not to be left behind, Carolyn begins her move
Not to be left behind, Carolyn begins her move
Margo in front again
Margo in front again
Good crouch around the turn
Good crouch around the turn
Photo Op time
Photo Op time
Trying to capture the feeling of teamwork that goes into making of a solid organization.
Trying to capture the feeling of teamwork that goes into making of a solid organization.
How about that, Carmi is pulling Margo and Greg!!
How about that, Carmi is pulling Margo and Greg!!
How about this? The Bobarazzi pulling a less then serious Team Rainbo.
How about this? The Bobarazzi pulling a less then serious Team Rainbo.
And here, the mandatory helmet shot has the back of the pack vying for a little respect.
And here, the mandatory helmet shot has the back of the pack vying for a little respect.