San Diego, USA
Saturday 1st October 2011
It was a struggle to get out of bed this morning, no two ways about it!  After a fantastic supper last night with the group overlooking the Pacific Ocean, courtesy once again of DJO's hospitality, a multi-national group of rugby fans headed towards San Diego's city limits in search of a bar that would show the Scotland vs England crunch match in the Rugby World Cup.  After a "Cock-Up Holidays" taxi ride, we arrived, one Scot, one Chinese/Scot (!), one Welshman, one Irishman & two Englishmen (& no punchline), at an English Bar in the suburbs of the city with a promise of a late night of rugby once the Aussie Rules match had finished.  At around 02.30, the same motley crue, returned in a sleepy & generally subdued state (minus the 2 Englishmen), deflated by a last gasp try, snaffled by a rather fortunate English team (yes, so maybe I am a little biased) as Scotland snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.

However, I had an invitation from Richard Quincy, the Associate Director of Sports Medicine Clinics for the US Olympic Committee, to meet up & tour the Performance Center at Chula Vista & I was looking forward to the visit.  After a mix up with the hire car, I finally launched myself onto the I-805 interstate heading south towards the Mexican border & arrived at the Athletes' Entrance, tucked away on the banks of the lake & overlooked only by the shelter of a mountain range.  This location was ever so slightly more awe inspiring than Lee Valley HiPAC!!!!

Richard welcomed me into the clinic, which is currently under renovation, & before I knew it we were tyre-screeching around the campus in well-abused golf buggy.  I was impressed - it wasn't the polished article that I had witnessed in Colorado Springs, but the was an air of hard work engulfing the venues, despite the sparsity of athletes in attendance.  US Alpine skier, Lindsey Vonn was pushing herself through her morning rehab session, whilst paralympians were making the most of the soft-tissue therapy on offer & out on the BMX track, the latest round of the World Cup was well under way, with an enthusiastic young crowd milling around.  There was certainly a quiet buzz about the place.  Richard was a great host, despite his busy schedule & after having spent 3 years out in Park City at the USOC Center out there, he had a great insight into the workings of the organisation.  So, thank you Richard for the invite & I look forward to catching up with you next year in London.

Once I made it back to the hotel, I was just in time to catch a quick shower, get changed & meet the group for the journey back to the airport...& right now I am awaiting the flight back to the UK!  After the schedule we've had, I am not concerned about my ability to sleep for the majority of the 10 hour flight back across the Atlantic!

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