Sunday, August 3, 2008

Finally... a day of rest!

I finished my last heavy workout yesterday. I'm not allowed to give numbers but it was a very good day. I have done all the hard work and now it is time to rest and get ready to compete. As of now there is only an A session for my weight class which is great news. There are only 10 women and no Chinese girl entered in my weight class. Again, great news.

The opening ceremonies will be at 8:08 p.m. on 08/08/08. You'll have to check the local channels for when they will show it. Beijing is 15 hours ahead of Seattle. I compete on the 10th at 3:30 p.m. Beijing time.

So today was a wonderful R&R day full of bowling on the Wii, watching movies, Trivial Pursuit and yummy food. We left the Athletes Village at 10:30 a.m. and spent the entire day at the University where the USOC has created the best "home away from home" ever. It is just a great place to relax away from the energy and excitement of the Village. Although the Village is amazing it is nice to have a change of scenery now and then.

I had the opportunity to see the Women's gymnastics team and I had my picture with the Head Olympic Coach Martha Karoli. That was pretty cool. I will download that soon. It is such a great experience and I 'm really glad to be able to share it with all of you. Thank you for all of your posts. It is so good to hear from everyone.

Tomorrow we get to see the venue. I'm so excited! Only one more week!


rizzo said...

The gymnastics team! That's so cool, what an amazing experience.

Can't wait to watch you next week! Good luck Mel!


Chavo said...

Sounds good. Your training will absolutely carry you through. Can't hardly wait to see you on the podium!



Mark said...

Its fun watching the fun you're having over there.
We'll be watching up here in Alaska and rooting for you. Good Luck, Melanie.
-Mark and Bree
from Kodiak Solstix

Derrick said...

This is a great blog! Thanks so much for posting pics, feels like Im there!;-) I met you years ago before you first retired. Im so glad you pulled through in the end! Great job.........its people like you who inspire me to get back into it! Thanks!

Derrick Branford
-From LA/Dubai

Rebecca Giles said...

Melanie! Hurry up and download the picture of you and Martha Karoli! Wow, what an experience you are having.
Sending all kinds of strength your way!


sarena said...

Wow sending you love! You are an inspiration to me and millions of Americans as well!

Sarah said...

So glad you're blogging, thank you. More pictures please, they're great to see (that's ... quite the toilet!).

Absolutely ALL best wishes for next week - know that there are many cheering you on.