One way to adjust to a new time zone is to not adjust to it. Laying in bed after two consecutive nights of falling asleep at 4AM, it is clear my body has chosen that route.
Backtracking on our trip, we arrived in Quebec City on Tuesday night. To get here we had to make a layover in both Calgary and Toronto before getting in. We are staying at the Hotel Universel which is the official hotel of the tournament. My room consists of the ‘scrubs’, with Ben Ball, Danny Grant and Devyn Plett. Always nice staying in a room where the ability for the athletes to get rest does not fall on you.
Yesterday was spent adjusting to the new environment. We woke up for breakfast at the hotel and then made our way over to the gym. The great part about this year’s nationals is that the gym is a five minute walk from the hotel. In fact everything we need is, which is why we did not need to rent vehicles this year. The gym which will hold the championships was not yet set up (pictured below) so instead we spent an hour and a half in a practice gym. Actually make that an hour and 22 minutes, as it was cut short by an ear-shattering fire alarm. We were told to vacate the gym, were held in a waiting area for 15 minutes and by the time it was done our practice slot was up. Odd practice time for sure.
After our run in with the fire alarm system, we broke off and had lunch. Devyn made a great find at the university so we ate a dirt-cheap cafeteria with solid food. The afternoon was spent relaxing which I filled with statting out our opponent’s on Friday. It is that time of year to get to know our stats program very well once again. We had a video session in the afternoon followed by preparing for the evening’s banquet. Again following the theme of convenience for this year’s tournament, getting to the banquet consisted of walking down the hall and taking a left. Couldn’t be nicer.
The banquet itself went well, if a bit long. Laval elected to make it a sit-down dinner as opposed to the more typical buffet style. Although the food was delicious, sit-down style caused the beginning of the awards ceremony to take an hour and 45 minutes to get to which was certainly stretching things a bit. The awards themselves went well. On the Spartans sides of things we were all very excited to see our own Nick Del Bianco take home a First Team All-Canadian award. He has had a stellar season with us, and looking at the Second Teams he beat out for the award it is clear the rest of the CIS appreciates his accomplishments as well. Very excited to see what he will do at this tournament against opponents who have not seen him before.
The rest of the night was an insomnia-laden affair. We headed over to the nearby food court around 10:00 which stays open all night for Laval students. Devyn, Ben and myself settled down to get work done, briefly joined by Ben Josephson who is unlikely to be sleeping much himself. We finally made our way back to the hotel around 1AM in the middle of a snow storm, which made for a taxing time of trying to get back without being blinded by snow. The next three hours was spent staring at the ceiling wondering if my body will adjust to this new time zone.
And that takes us to right now. We have another video session in 10 minutes, followed by another practice. The big Spartan news of the day is that our women’s team is playing their quarter-final match at 1PM Eastern against Dalhousie. You can watch that game, as well as ours on Friday, right here: http://www.cis-sic.tv/