Monday, July 11, 2011

7/11 - Last Day of Training Camp in the Keys

So I figured this would be an appropriate time to start my blog - its our last day in Key Largo for training camp, and we leave for Shanghai tomorrow! Training camp has been awesome so far - the team has gotten some great training in, and we've also utilized this week to really get to know one another and bond. Each day we do an open water practice in the morning, and then a pool practice at Founder's Park in the afternoon. The water in both locations is a little toasty (anywhere from 85-89 degrees), but this is actually for the best, as it is helping us to acclimate to what we will face in Shanghai. After practice each morning, we go to Made to Order for breakfast, where we have been lucky enough to indulge in some amazing food, especially the Tropical French Toast! I know we will all miss this when we leave here. The staff at the restaurant are awesome as well. During the days we pretty much relax - me and my roommate (Haley Anderson) watched TLC's Say Yes to the Dress for four straight hours yesterday :) Our dinners are catered by another phenomenal local restaurant, Key Largo Conch House, and were actually just featured on Man vs. Food for their conch fritters, which we got to try! All of their food has been great. Thanks to both restaurants for providing us with such great food throughout our stay here!!
We have one practice left here this afternoon, then it's dinner, a team meeting and early to bed. We have to be up at 2 A.M. (!) to head to Miami Airport - from there, its a layover in Chicago O'Hare, and then straight to Shanghai!!
Thanks to everyone who provided hospitality to Team USA in Key Largo - we couldn't have asked for a better training trip!

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