We’re finally hitting our taper, which means a rest afternoon! I’m taking advantage of this extra downtime to share some pictures from the race course.
THE BOATS- 289 crews, each with their own racing shell. [You can see the boatmakers’ tents in the foreground. Empacher, Fillipi, Hudson, WinTech, etc– their teams are kept busy around the clock with repairs, adjustments, and general boat maintenance]
THE DINING HALL- Feeding lunch to 800+ diners is a daunting task for any catering service. Factor in that these diners are hungry athletes from 50 countries, each with specific nutritional goals and/or dietary restrictions, and the caterers’ job becomes even more difficult. The good news: the Athlete Restaurant has hit home runs every single day, serving meals that are plentiful, nutritious, and extremely delicious. (Today, The New Zealand Herald interviewed the head chef, who expects to have used “4.5 tonnes of potatoes, 10,000 boiled eggs, two tonnes of rice and two tonnes of pasta in the 17,000 meals they will have prepared.” Egad!!)
THE ATHLETE VILLAGE- Some nations arrived early, and set up palatial tents with ergs, ice baths, stretching areas, TV’s, etc. But truth be told, I’m content with our place in the generic tents (sandwiched in between Switzerland and “Developing Nations”). This is where we stretch, have team meetings, get trigger point from Marc and Nicole (our PTs extraordinaire), and wait for the wind to die down.
THE ATHLETE LOUNGE- Beanbag chairs, couches, five high-def TVs to watch racing coverage, and a selection of board games and puzzles. The free wi-fi is definitely a perk, though it tends to get sluggish when everyone tries to skype home at the same time.
THE DOCKS- two for launching, two for docking, one for the adaptive athletes, and one for the fleet of safety launches.
THE SHOWERS- “FarOut Showers”—on a truck! Despite the logo, we aren’t allowed to smoke or drink in the showers, though I assume cowboy hats are acceptable.
T minus two days until our final! Go USA!!! Universal Sports will be streaming live on their website, cheer loud for us!