At 95 degrees, 90% humidity, summer has officially arrived in New Jersey! The signs are everywhere: AC units installed, fans plugged into every outlet, lines out the door at Halo Pub Creamery and T.Sweets Ice Cream Shop… It was so hot last week, I started measuring practices not in mileage traveled, but in pounds of water weight lost (10lbs lost last Wednesday! hydrate hydrate hydrate). It’s cooler today, thank goodness…
Hard training combined with a heat advisory can give a rower ample reason to be grouchy. BUT, in the midst of this sweat-soaked, muggy week, there were definitely some breaths of fresh air. Cosmic air-conditioning, in a way:
1. Princeton Move-Out! (See “Christmas in June!” post from last year). Dumpster diving = Jamie’s sure-fire cure for dehydration-induced lethargy. Aside from the usual loot (school supplies, full jugs of laundry detergent and household cleaners, $$$ from selling textbooks back to the bookstore, etc etc), Mara Allen and I successfully furnished our previously-unfurnished house with all manner of stylish, almost-new, better-than-ikea furniture! Sweaty? Yes. Sore muscles? Yes. Exhilarated by three days of treasure hunting? Absolutely!
2. Golfing! (See the recap of last year’s event). Once again, US Rowing Golf Outing at Bedens Brook Country Club was a major success. A fun time was had by all– both the golfers and their rowers-turned-caddies alike!– and the subsequent auction raised some much-needed funds for Team USA. Because of (or more likely: *in spite of*) my amazing caddying prowess, my foursome walked off the course as CHAMPIONS! Good work, guys! Come back next year!
3. Birthdays! Five birthdays this week at the Princeton Training Center. By Saturday, our Birthday Song melody was becoming quite melodious… though the excellent acoustics of the boat bay might’ve had something to do with it! This week was a nice reminder of how Team USA can leave our cutthroat competitiveness where it belongs: on the water. When practice is over, we’re just an athletic sisterhood of friends who can come together to celebrate eachother’s special day. (On that note, for my teammates who are reading this: my birthday is in four weeks, and I like pie. And ice cream. hint hint).
So, what’s next for Team USA? A photoshoot this weekend for the 2012 “Power and Grace” Calendar, community appearances next week at Market Fair Mall and Mercer County Park’s Freedom Festival, then off to Europe for the Henley Royal Regatta and the Lucerne World Cup Regatta! So many adventures, so little time!
On a final note, check out this NYTimes article about Damian Lopez Alfonso. His incredible story reminds me of how blessed I am to be healthy, able-bodied, and surrounded with an amazing support network of friends and family.