June 24, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO, DAY 13
Following a daily regimen, sort of
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- When you're traveling in the World Cup, you try to keep good habits.
That includes eating well as much as you can, catching sleep, and keeping an exercise schedule.
With our crazy schedule of early morning flights, it certainly is not easy.
On Monday, I visited the salad/food bar at the local mall not once, but twice as I loaded up on veggies, knowing that the possibility of duplicating those meals in the next few frantic days could be a long shot.
This morning I stumbled out of bed before seven and went down to the exercise room for a half-hour on the bicycle.
Everything was going fine until a man decided to get onto the treadmill next to me. I could tell he was a smoker for obvious reasons. Later, he began shouting at a friend on the opposite side of the room from time to time. I believe he was German.
On the average, I have been able to exercise every other day. Not the perfect schedule, but it has been better than nothing.
I am at Sao Paulo FC, where I have started this diary. We will have USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann for a press conference and Jermaine Jones and Graham Zusi in roundtable interviews afterwards.
I joked around, wondering where I could lose my precious notebook today (for all of you who haven't been following me, I left my notebook behind the last night I was at the U.S. team's training ground; U.S. Soccer director of communications Neil Buethe found the book and brought it to Manaus for me).
It will be a short day for all of us in the U.S. Soccer media corps. We have to leave for the airport at 4:30 p.m. for a 7:50 p.m. flight to Recife. With wireless being so dodgy at the airport, getting all your stories out of the way ASAP is of the utmost importance.
A Brazilian TV crew was supposed to show up at the hotel at 2 p.m. to interview some American journalists about their experience in Brazil. They are at least an hour late. No great problem. We've had way too much work to do, anyway. I will probably have to blow them off if they do manage to show up.
This diary will have a happy ending.
As I left San Paulo FC, I clutched my notebook in my left hand, knowing that I did not make the same mistake on consecutive visits.
But all bets are off for another visit at Sao Paulo FC.