Saturday, August 9, 2008

Arrival to South Korea

I have arrived on the island of Cheju for a week of training before I head over to Beijing. I departed San Jose last Thursday morning from team processing and began the long trip over the Pacific. We got lots of really cool Nike and Raulph Lauren Polo clothing (they are the official dress sponsors for opening and closing ceremonies and Nike supplies all the training and podium gear). I had to ship two bags full of clothes back home before I departed for Korea so that I would be able fit everything I needed into one large bag and one carry-on backpack. Traveling with anymore just makes travel so much more complicated (considering we have to travel with a large bike box, in addition).
My travel went very smoothly and we had not delays. I was very excited to upgrade up to buisness class with a special deal of only using 15,000 miles (it is normaly 30,000 miles). I was able to nap for a couple hours on the plane, watch Maid of Honor and begin a new book. After 10 hours and 30 min, I arrived in Nagoya, Japan and had a short layover before getting on a quick 90 minute flight to Cheju, South Korea. Fortunately, all my baggage made the long trip and I arrived safely (although I was very sleepy...as it was 3:00AM Colorado time once I landed in Korea). We had about an hour drive to the Marathon Center where we will spend the week training and I got back, hit the shower, and my head hit the pillow!!! I was reminded how beautiful Cheju, Korea really is....mountains, oceans, and lots and lots of greenery. This will be a great place to prepare for Beijing humidity.
Now it is time to adjust to the new time zone and go through my final preparations for Beijing.

8 comments:

amy hartling said...

Congrats on safe travel. Travel can be such a stressful time. Nice that your got a nap and the upgrade. I stumbled on your blog while looking at triathlete schedules on NBC. I am beginning to train and was looking for Olympic inspiration. I am a Special Ed teacher in Oklahoma. Seems we have some things in common. I will keep watching you! Good luck!

tricia williams said...

We are so excited for you! I'm glad your there and can focus on getting ready. We are watching a lot of the Olympics...the kids keep looking for you! All our love!
Tricia and Adam

Lynchmob said...

I am getting pumped!!!!

Everyone has been asking for updates. Glad to hear you made it safe and sound.

NBC coverage both on TV and online has been fantastic.

We'll have several laptops hooked to a few flat screens to watch it live.

Get plenty of rest and enjoy the experience. Special things happen to special people.

J.Lynch
Dad, Sponsor, Athlete, Business Owner
www.ShowMeCustomCables.com

ErnieD said...

Cheju Do! Ah! Wonderful little island and yes, great place to get yourself warmed up for the games! We are TOTALLY fired up back here, ready for you and the team to take on the world! Feel the vibes?

BrianT said...

Go Sarah Go! Enjoy the Olympic experience and leave nothing on the course! The Train 4 Autism Team will be watching and cheering your every stroke, pedal and stride as we so appreciate your (and Megan's) support! Your endorsement has already helped us gain additional T4A athletes across the US all raising funds for autism research and education. You're already a winner but we're excited to watch you tear it up in Beijing - know the T4A Team is with you!
Brian Thompson, Train4Autism Director of Program Development

storage man said...

brian haskins
Your mom and I will be there soon to cheer you on, you make us proud, High Ridge, Parkway, St. Louis, our state, and our country all very proud of you. Love you.
Dad

Anonymous said...

Best of luck Sarah!!!!

Eric Wanzel and Heather (Siegel) Wanzel

Julie Truskowski said...

Good luck Sarah!! I will be watching and cheering you on!! I know you will do great!

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