Today we had a morning practice and didn't do anything technical but worked on keeping our power speed component. It was a nice workout and I looked at it in the regards of not doing too much because I knew Will would be standing for hours in the opening ceremonies.
I have decided to stay far away from the chaos and chill at the house. I really never have been much into standing room only crowds and really the Games in all its glory is all about the athletes.
Again USATF has to be applauded they did a great job with the practice facilities. Like in Birmingham they are top notch and can get everything we need to do in.
My flat in London is great. The place is owned by Will's older brother James Smith. I found out yesterday that James was recruited by my college coach Mark Napier at Wisconsin, which makes it a truly small world. James and his fiancee Zai are two amazing people. They opened their doors of their 3 bedroom flat for me to stay during the Olympics. The place is about a mile or so to the Olympic Park, close but far enough away from the chaos. It is 100 meters away from the railway so it is very convenient and from what I'm told a lot better than accommodations of a lot of my peers. The nights before Will competes he is going to be staying with me. It will allow him to have a peaceful nights sleep and enjoy a low key quiet stress free setting.
Today was also the first time I took the wrong train. Luckily I saw my mistake and corrected it before it became a huge problem, but the machismo in me did not allow me to ask for directions. My brother-in-law told me to add video but I will wait to do that once competition starts. But he also prayed for the success of my athletes so I'm feeling the video I show will be a great one (gold medal stand possibly) but now it truly in God's hands, which I have true faith in.
The flat. And some funny looking keys that look like they are from Alice in Wonderland.
I noticed I didn't have any pictures of me actually in and around England. So I decided to take a picture in front of my favorite store and like the words say, Like a BOSS!
There are so many people from so many different places. It really is an amazing experience. Multicultural at its finest.
7/27/2012 02:32:10 pm
Awesome update. I wish I was there with you, looks like a great time. I'll be watching for you and Will. Best of luck to both of you.
7/28/2012 03:02:19 am
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