Day 5 began with a practice arranged to such that Alida could get to the Airport by 9:30. As if Orlando and the sunny 80 degree weather wasn't enough... Alida had to jump on a plane heading to Cancun! Interestingly enough, she is heading down there as a bridesmaid for the wedding of one of her former SRA teammates Lindsay Lentini. (this is one of the amazing things about SRA, the connections that are made last for years and years. It wasn't that long ago that I remember bringing Alida and Lindsay on a training trip to Florida! (I may even have pictures somewhere... but I cannot put them on the Blog -- Alida's instructions) So, about half way through the practice, Alida brought her crew in, and they got to join Coach Tyler's group for the downtown run. And, fortunately for them, it happened to be the day that they ran to the ice cream store. Meanwhile, Alida was on her way to the airport as the sole passenger on a 55 passenger bus. Talk about riding in style. It was not all going to be easy for her though. She was cutting it so close that she had to change at the airport into a her dress for the rehearsal dinner.
As a side note to this trip. One of the varsity girls' families was also heading to Cancun for break. Turns out that after their flight got cancelled and they rebooked their trip, they are heading to the same resort that Alida will be attending the wedding. Small world!
It is going to be hard to beat that crazy adventure. Back at home, most of the team decided to run or walk back to the dorms. (well, it was kind of a strong suggestion) The afternoon was spent sunbathing again. Well, it is a pretty short afternoon. Brunch runs from 10:30-11:00ish and then the bus for second practice is at 1:15. It works out because they apply the sunscreen post brunch and then by the time it wears off, we are back on the bus and they apply the suncreen before the second row.
Second row featured a surprise guest rower... Coach Tyler! Normally our dry land training guru, we got him into an eight with the Mods. According to Coach Bean he has a real future in rowing. He picked it up pretty quickly - however, if we are going to get him in a boat again, he asked for bigger shoes. (He was a little large for the mod boat!)
After practice, we stuck around the site for an extra hour in order to get a head start on loading the trailer. Tomorrow is going to be a busy day as we try to squeeze a short row, and finish loading the trailer, and get back to the dorms for a final cleaning, and then eat brunch and try to hit the road before noon. Right now, in fact, they are doing the pre-clean on the rooms so tomorrow goes smoothly. Coach Lou has some ice cream for those who do a good job cleaning. I am just hoping that they know how to clean better than they know how to do laundry (we had a few people confused by those crazy machines). If is is any consolation, they are getting good at cleaning the dishes. One more week here, and they might be ready to take care of themselves (dishes, cleaning, laundry) even if they have not figured out how to feed themselves (candy, candy, candy)
Tomorrow, after rowing, it is off to the International Palms resort (this looks to be the fanicest place we have stayed in all the years of doing this trip). Lets hope for 36 more hours of brillant weather.