In preparation for Nick’s first skydive, in less than a month, we took a trip up to Hollywood for Nick to practice his free fall skills in the iFly tunnel.
Nick gearing up. Perfect standing photo op.
All dressed up, ready to fly. I was worried about him sitting on that hard bench for so long, but I think the adrenaline and excitement overshadowed his nerve pain.
Nick surprised us all by having such a solid body position.
Nick worked on back flying and sit flying toward the end of his session. His quads aren’t strong enough to push down and hold him in an upright position, but he’s close! Just standing in the air stream like this is hard work.
My favorite shot of Nick and Travis debriefing.
Nick flew a total of 15 minutes, late at night after a long day and a long drive. Afterward he said he could have flown even longer. He was minimally sore the next day, but I think that’s from sleeping it off for 11 reparative hours. That, and he’s quickly gaining endurance.
He’d like to fly in the tunnel at least one more time before the big jump, which is happening on Saturday December 1st.
Watching Nick fly in the tunnel, smiling hard but flying even harder, choked me up a few times. I felt proud, like his stunning accomplishments were my own, even though I know I’d have never made it this far if I were the hurt one.
Nick in the co-pilots seat, driving the plane. I was grateful to have a parachute!
We went to the dropzone today so I could skydive, and next thing I know Nick is getting on the same plane I am. Something as simple as climbing the loading stairs, ducking through the fuselage, and squeezing into the tiny cockpit, would have been impossible just two months ago. It was a breeze for him today. He climbed the stairs like a champ and made his way to the front of the plane easily, even before I could get onboard.
He took control and flew the plane for a bit, and when it was time for the jumpers to gear up, he turned and told me how hard it was to not be getting ready to follow us out. Only a few short months young grasshopper, and you’ll be in the air again.
This whole year has made a mess of time-reality for Nick. Time feels long to him. His old life feels so far away. But being in that plane today, was the first time he has felt that it hadn’t been forever since he was there. He said it just felt like yesterday that he was in the plane getting ready to jump. It felt really good for him to get up there again, even if only as an observer, even if only for one load.
It was so awesome to be in the plane again, AND have my man with me! What a great day.