Me and a whole lot of athletes took a chartered bus ride two hours from Zurich to Lausanne, Switzerland. It feels good to take alternative transportation to a meet and not to have to negotiate the airport. Dealing with over-baggage, getting to the airport hours before, waiting at the gate for hours etc, really get old.
The city of Lausanne has a lot of history in regards to track and field. They are host to the sport's largest Olympic Museum. In Beijing, I have the chance to meet Hicham El Guerrouj, the all world distance runner from Morocco. He helps out with the organization that heads the track and field part of the museum. He asked for, and of course, I gave him my singlet and shorts I wore in the final at the Games, and they are putting it in the Olympic Museum here in Lausanne.
It has been very good weather here in Switzerland, which is very uncharacteristic for this time of year. It was 80 degrees when I came back from training this morning! I really hope the weather holds up. Last year this competition was in the middle of July, and it was 9 degrees Celsius by the time we got finished running.
This is a special venue, there have been some very special performances here, I'm hoping to add my name to the list of memorable performances.
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