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So its finally time for my journal entry and I have quite a busy day to report. Today was our first full day in Cancun, which is maybe the most beautiful place I have ever been.
I woke up about 9:30 and enjoyed a nice hearty buffet breakfast in the hotel overlooking the ocean. I had a ham and cheese omelet with two waffles and some juice. After breakfast, we went back to the room and freshened up before heading to the gym for a very intense shoot-around. The bus trip to the gym was about 20 minutes and by the end of the workout, we were all dying because it was so hot. There wasn't any air conditioning and what fans there were, did not work very well.
Fortunately, it didn't take long to cool down, because as soon as we got back to the hotel, we raced to the pool where we played a nice game of volleyball. We didn't really establish any rules, so there was a lot of cheating going on, but we had a great time nonetheless.
After the pool, I headed out to the ocean, and on my way, I caught my first glimpse of a large iguana. Fortunately, I had a witness with me in Mike Haddix, but he was scared and ran away. When we arrived at the ocean, I dove into the super-salty crystal clear water of Cancun. I'm really usually not a beach guy, but the water was too clear for me not to jump in.
After a nice swim, I headed to Burger King with Tommy (Mitchell) for our pregame meal. I enjoyed a King de Pollo (Chicken Sandwich) combo meal. After we got back to the room, I got some rest for the big game.
We took the bus back to the scorching gym, but it was worth the trip. The team really played well together and it was by far our best defensive effort so far. The games are a bit different because of the different rules, but by now we are pretty much used to it. Offensively, our big guys continued being productive and Austin and Jamal played well (although Jamal fouled out again).
After the game we got to meet the other team, and their center Mike Davis, who used to play in the NBA addressed our team. He had a lot of good advice and reminded us to stay focused and that we can achieve our goals if we love the game and remain dedicated.
When we got back to the hotel, it was already pretty late, and since we have another game tomorrow, we had to be back to the rooms for our 1 a.m. curfew. Dave (Ryan) and I went out to the main strip outside the hotel and walked around a bit. There are so many people down here and there are long lines at every club. I can't wait until we win these next two games, since this is the perfect place to celebrate.
Before I went to bed, I made a couple phone calls back home and then called it a night. So far, I am having a great time on the trip. Mexico City was nice, but Cancun is beyond anything I could have imagined. I'm grateful for the experience of being able to come down here and want to thank everyone for taking the time to check in with us!