I have been back in the States for over a week now and I am finally feeling like I am getting back into the swing of things! Getting used to this time zone again seemed to be quite a challenge, as it took me about a week to really feel like I had my days and nights correct. For about four or five days straight, I was fighting trying to say awake until 9:00PM, only to wake up between 3 and 5AM and not able to fall back asleep!
I am also back into the swing of training and getting ready for the last few races of the year. Next on my race schedule is Elite Nationals which is located just outside Portland, Oregon.
I will be traveling to St. Louis this weekend for a family wedding, along with several other events planned...including speaking with an elementary school and attending a Cardinals game. This Saturday it is "Buddy Walk" day at the stadium where children with down-syndrome get to meet the players and walk out onto the field. A friend of the family has asked me to walk their daughter, Makensie, onto the field--so it will be very exciting to get the opportunity to meet the players and the other children. My Dad has also organized a free breakfest in High Ridge on Sunday morning to greet people in the community and also hold an auction for several charities (Train for Autism and Jenny's Light). Olympic gear will be auctioned and all proceeds with go to the charities. It is going to be a very fast paced weekend between training and events, but I am looking forward to seeing friends and family.
Just before I left for the Olympics, I was able to pick up my Toyota Camry Hybrid! I have a year lease on the car with my sponsorship with Toyota. I have included pictures above! The car is awesome with leather seats, smooth driving, great city and HWY gas milleage---just to name a few great features. Our trips to Denver, St. Louis and Minnesota will be much more comfortable (and cheaper) for the next year.
Hard to believe summer is almost over...just seemed to fly by! September is a beautiful month in Colorado (and many areas in the US), so enjoy the weather...