I arrived in Madison yesterday and for the first time in my 30yrs was actually "that guy" with his name printed on a sign in the hand of my host awaiting my arrival. Awesome. A quick trip from the airport and my homestay was dropping me off to pick up their minivan they are loaning me for the duration of my stay. First class? I think YES.
I felt awfully rude just taking the car and leaving my homestay Adam with all my gear, but I knew I needed to do something to shake the travel out of my legs. Lucky for me Hillary is racing as well so I met up with her and we shot out to the lake to test the waters.
This was my 1st swim in my new Zoot Prophet wetsuit and I must say I am STOKED on this thing. Floatation is incredible but the flexibility is even more impressive. I have worn a few suits in my day, this is the best yet, by a sizable margin. If you are struggling with a stubborn suit, when this thing makes its debut, I HIGHLE recommend it.
The water was a little warm. Hillary swam in a skinsuit, and we were of mixed opinions after as to whether we will be donning the rubber on Sunday or not. After wearing my suit, I sure hope so.
After the swim it was dinner time and I had some great conversation with my homestays. Obviously it takes a rather outgoing, generous sort to open your house to random athletes, some of whom may not even speak English, and give them run of your home for 5 days just to have them up and take off right after the race. But so far I am 2 for 2 in getting some fantastic people who truly go above and beyond the call of duty. Jackpot x2! Not only have they been incredible people, but the homes... WOW! I came home and cooked breakfast in this kitchen this morning.
Just a tad bit nicer than the Holiday Inn Express!
Cheers from Cheesehead land.