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Monday began with some frustration on all our parts... I should have known after my last long trip, the second night of sleep is never good.  Jet lag hit us all hard.  At breakfast we all shared stories of about 3 hours of frustrated wakefulness between 11 and 2am.  So much for the nice 12 hour sleeps.  As tired as we all were, Monday would be our last pressure pieces before racing, so we had to rally.  Fortunately, because our heats are at 4:00 pm, we would wait until second practice for the 1ks.  Morning practice was an easy 40 minute skill and drill but before we hit the water, we had to stop in the FISA office to show our passports and get photos taken for the FISA records.  It was funny when Lizzy sat down to get the photo taken and the camera clicked while she was not looking... We had a good laugh. But they got it right.  After the am row (the site is starting to fill up) I stayed to fiddle with the boat a bit, and they caught the bus back to the hotel.  I guess the nap that ensued helped, because they were more their normal selves after lunch.  The meals have not really been up to their standard, but they have been enjoyable as we get to meet all the other team USA athletes. (We are fielding every boat except the men's quad - which is a long story - I still don't understand). Kristi and Lizzy have made friends with most of the small boats, I guess the big boats have enough people that they don't need to socialize elsewhere (except Courtney - Lizzy's teammate in the 8). I think the favorites are becoming the men's double and single and the women's single.  Second practice was 2 by 1k. Once over the finish of the course, and once off the start.  By all accounts it went well (I hate not being there to see it). After practice it was back for dinner and then a quick clandestine meeting with the parents (frowned upon during race week) I looked the other way because I knew how important it was to get Lizzy the oatmeal and kristi the peanut butter!  However, when they came back to the hotel, they brought me some gelato and all the other coaches at our coaches meeting were very jealous... I handed out their official credentials, and they made a pact to stay up until at least 9:30 so there would not be another night like the last.

Tuesday morning came, and though we only had an afternoon practice scheduled, we got up and had breakfast and took the bus to the course.  We brought our boat in for an official weigh in.  It was 27.5 kilo... But then we took the seat pads out and it was 27.1... After that, I was on a mission to determine if the seat pads would be allowed to stay in the boat or not.  I sent them home alone again and stayed at the race course an extra hour to figure it out and to find some double stick tape to "permanently affix" the pad.  Lunch was easy, and we made the decision to skip the opening ceremonies tonight (it was too late and we have Wednesday racing - the Thursday racers are going) kind of a bummer, but best to be safe and get our rest.  Afternoon practice was pretty hot, but the practice was another skill and drill session.  It was less than an hour on the water and we were done.  We quickly applied the "world rowing" and the "USA" stickers to our boat (covering the place that was previously "Samsung" and "CHN" (the boat was rowed at the first World Cup in London earlier this year by the Chinese)). Then back home for dinner and a little chat - we just wanted to remember that even though this is a strange place and there are lots of foreign languages being spoken (the race course was very busy this am) tomorrow we will still be racing 2000 meters against other boats with 2 people in them.  We have done this many times before, and this is no different.  Just race like we know how.  That being said, the names of the other clubs in our heat are GER, CRO, CZE, FRA, and UKR.  The progression is 1st place direct to e A final, all others to the reps.  Then top 2 from each rep also advance to the A final.  A bit of tea, and a little ipad watching (and waiting to see the royal baby on tv). And they are off to bed.  Fast dreams.  Tomorrow will be an exciting day.

 

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