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Training to summit Mt Rainier from Brazil

To follow  up on my last post , our final destination was Brazil!!
I was very fortunate to get tickets for a World Cup game and even better to get tickets for 3 games!!!! This has been a dream for me and today I am able to live it!

Below I want to thank everybody involved in making this happen:

  • Thank you FIFA for giving me the opportunity to buy tickets!
  • Thank you airbnb for providing me more options other than hotels with their ridiculous  prices!
  • And finally, thank you to the Brits for inventing Fútbol (soccer or football) or at least creating a structure around it and letting it flourish in the British Isles and eventually the world, and becoming the most popular (and beautiful) sport in the universe!

I feel like Jimmy Fallon!

On Friday of week 7 we took off for Brazil and our first stop was Miami. The MIA airport is awesome for layovers if you’re in the newer terminals.  They have a lot of options for food, drinks and Catie’s favorite Cuban coffee, especially the Cortadito. Unfortunately our flight into Miami was delayed due to bad weather and we missed our connecting flight to Brazil so once we landed in Miami, coffee was not my priority. My priority was to get to Brazil!

After almost 3 hrs of running around the airport and talking to a bunch of people we were able to get a flight the next day to Brazil, so we stayed the night in Miami with my family. At least the next day we were well rested and ready for the World Cup only one day late!

We arrived Saturday night into Fortaleza in the state of Ceará located in the northeast of Brazil and I was ready to experience the World Cup! But I was quickly reminded by my lovely GF that we needed to hike for 3 hrs the next day. Good thing she came with me because I would’ve totally dismissed the training!

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Training for Mt Rainier while watching the World Cup!

On this post I think I’m not going to write a lot about training!! I did in fact train on week 6 & 7 but my main focus was the FIFA World Cup. For those out there who don’t know what the FIFA World Cup is, it’s a Fútbol (soccer or football) international competition contested by 32 men’s national teams that is held every 4 years and the tournament lasts a month.

This year the tournament will be held in Brazil in 12 different cities. And by the way, the World Cup is the most widely viewed and followed sporting event in the world!! and I’m a huge Fútbol fan, so I will attempt to watch all 64 games live, ohh yes…. all of them….that’s my GOOOOOL!

The current format of the tournament has 8 groups of 4 teams each and they play against  each other and only the top 2 teams of each group advance to the following round. In the group stage, teams accumulate points when they win (3 points) and when they tie (1 point) and zero points when they lose, so the top 2 teams with the majority of points advances to the next stage. Also……if teams have the same number of points at the end of all of their group stage games, whoever has the highest goal difference (goals made – goals received=goal difference) gets positioned in a higher place and the top 2 teams advance.

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