Jan. 12, 2013
Its hard to believe that this time last year, we would have been headed back to cold minneapolis- but this year, we have another week left to train and enjoy beautiful hawaii. Our practices this week have been killer, with my group doing three test sets in three days, the sprinters continuing to work their legs with Terry's brutal kick sets, and Purdy's group enduring super stand-ups and descending miles.
We got a chance to all sit down for a nice dinner and catch up with those we haven't been practicing with on Wednesday for the Dorothy Sheppard meal. Its always fun to see everyone with their hair dry and in normal clothes for a change, and of course the food was amazing. Although, I do think we may have come close to eating all of the bread in the restaurant before our meals even arrived...
Yesterday's afternoon practice proved to us that miracles do exist- when the doors to the pool were locked, Kelly turned to us and said, "Let's go to the beach." There was a brief moment of shock before some of the underclassmen picked their jaws up from the floor and asked us what to do. Being as experienced as we are, the upperclassmen quickly yelled, "Run! Run to the van and get in before he changes his mind! Seriously, everyone get in the van! Go!" and we all headed to the beach. Thus, our recovery practice was spent in the ocean and laying on the beach! I couldn't have asked for a better way to spend that time.
Tomorrow we face the University of Hawaii and we are looking forward to a dual meet after going so long without racing. When the meet is over, we have some fun things to look forward to- a whole team dinner, shark diving on sunday morning, and of course the packer game! (I have already warned the coaches that I will not be missing kickoff for any reason whatsoever, so mom and dad- if you see that I didn't finish an event, don't worry, its not because I got dq'd or am sick, its just because the game started. Hopefully the meet will end before then, but you never really know.)
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