Florida Blog: The Final Day

Training Trip comes to a close

Jan. 9, 2013

We all woke up this morning in great moods, we could see the light at the end of the tunnel, only one more practice left and the training trip would be over. Unfortunately, this practice happened to be a particularly difficult one. Coach Kueterman had the swimmers complete his favorite test set, 7X 300s freestyle descend.

After this set everyone was pretty tired, Coach Kueterman decided to do something different and picked Erika Seagren and Lauren Daly to coach the rest of practice. They chose to do a bunch of fun things with the team, for instance swimming like ducks. The divers continued to practice their dives and they looked awesome as usual.  I have an injury to my shoulder so I continued my running workouts by running around a lake a million times (or at least that's what it felt like). After practice ended we persuaded Coach Kueterman to take us to Chick-Fil-A, a popular fast food place in the South. I'm not a big fast food junkie, but I have to admit it was pretty good.

The rest of the day we spent relaxing on the beach and by the pool. We worked on our tans and became crispy critters (except for me- I'm tan I swear!). At the beach we saw a baby and mommy dolphin swimming in the ocean! They were so cute! We also saw stingrays and a horse shoe crab, which was the weirdest looking crab I've ever seen. Some of us were also attacked by seagulls, but fortunately we were able to make it out alive.

We worked more on our video, which I think is going to turn out awesome. At the end of the day we watched the beautiful sunset together on the beach and then went out for a celebratory dinner and dessert. For dinner we went to a restaurant called Crabby Bill's and then stopped at Super Scoops for ice cream on the way back to the hotel. It's safe to say that salted caramel is my new favorite flavor of ice cream, it was heavenly.

As the training trip comes to a close it is definitely a bitter-sweet feeling. I'm not sure how I feel about leaving this 80 degree weather and returning to the frigid weather in Albany. I definitely know I don't want to wake up at 4 am tomorrow to make our way to the airport (yikes!). We all fly out tomorrow and are able to spend a night back at home before making our way back to Albany again. We will train at Siena for a week before 2nd semester begins. Nevertheless, now it's time to pack our bags and sadly say goodbye to Tampa.

-Kelly Levine