No, this is not a cooking post. It’s a celebratory post!
This weekend, Stas and I went to Jumptown (his dropzone) for their annual end-of-year banquet. It was a long and rainy drive, and the food wasn’t good (a limited selection of sauce and stuffing-heavy buffet food) but dressing up was fun and STAS GOT AN AWARD!!!
What’s the award for?…
On June 30, 2008 (ouranniversary is June 30!), Stas completed 12 hours of freefall!
This may not sound like a very long time, but it took him 900 jumps to get there. (By now, he’s nearing 1000 jumps)
It takes the average skydiver ~720 jumps to get to 12 hours of freefall.
So does this mean that Stas sucks and is way behind the other jumpers?
He actually has the U.S. record for fastest freefall in competition!!!
(He set it in May 2005 at the World Cup in Spa, Belgium… 468.70 km/hr (291.24 mph). This is an average speed over a vertical kilometer.)
Because he’s so fast, he’s only in freefall for about 40 seconds per jump (compared to the average skydiver at 60 seconds per jump)
Yes, I’m bragging – but I’m very proud of my Stas! 🙂