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.