Swimming and Diving Puerto Rico Blog #3

Jan. 8, 2012

MAYAGUEZ, Puerto Rico –

The Kansas Jayhawk swimming and diving team is currently on their eight day training trip to Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. Every two days, senior swimmers will blog about their experiences in the Spanish speaking territory

Blog #3 (Sat. Jan. 7 — Sun. Jan. 8)

Greetings from Puerto Rico! This trip has been a blast for all of us! We have all been training really hard and working on our tans 🙂

Yesterday (Saturday), we had a meet against LaSalle and Saint Michael’s. It was a lot of fun and different than the usual meets we compete in. We did 50’s in all of the strokes and a 200 free and 200 IM, so it was a lot of fun to be able to switch it up a bit. It was long course rather than short course, which also made it fun because it was just different than our usual short course meets. Training and competing outside is way different than inside because the sun zaps the energy out of you. It sometimes makes it difficult to stay in a straight line during backstroke, but we all manage.

Today (Sunday), we had morning practice and then came back. Most of us just laid out on the beach, while some went to souvenir shops around the area. During the time some of us were laying out, we spotted a crab! That kind of hampered the mood though, because we kept thinking the crab was close to us.

This afternoon was different than all the rest because instead of traveling almost an hour to the complex where we had been practicing, we had an option to either swim a 2K in the ocean or do a beach workout with Coach Eric (Elliott). More than half of us did the beach workout, while the others swam. Those of us who did the beach work out did relays and sprints, which was a lot of fun because it was something different. Those who swam in the ocean said it was a lot of fun and was a good experience.

Tonight we are headed out to a Mexican restaurant down the street. We have been eating at the hotel for every meal, so tonight will be a little different because we will be getting out. Dinner has also been taking place at about 9:00 every night, so this evening it will be a bit earlier. The food here at the hotel though has been absolutely amazing!! We are all really impressed with the variety and the taste of the food they offer. Ciao!

Members of the swimming and diving team pose for a quick picture in their beach attire, while in Rincon, Puerto Rico.

RIGHT: Members of the swimming and diving team pose for a quick picture in their beach attire, while in Rincon, Puerto Rico.