[Editor’s note: Due to Early Onset Exhaustion, today’s entry is going to be brief.]
It’s only Day six and already the Olympics is taking its toll. As I write this Sunday night, I am exhausted. And today wasn’t even a tough day!
This morning, I slept in until 8:30 and then stole some morning me-time. If I haven’t mentioned it before, Lindsay and I are staying at the swanky Coast Hotel, which is conveniently located just a few miles from the lovely Vancouver International Airport. While the rest of the major U.S. media, and pretty much everyone I know who is here in Vancouver for the Olympics, is staying downtown, Lindsay and I are staying what seems like 200 miles away, in a lifeless area of town situated between two highways. It sort of feels like I live in Queens and am covering an event taking place in NYC. First-class all the way.
HOW MANY STARS DID YOU SAY THIS HOTEL WAS ASSIGNED, AGAIN?
Anyway, this morning, I trekked to the city to meet my friend Amy for a morning yoga class at Y Yoga, an amazing studio near the waterfront. It was my first yoga class since having shoulder surgery in October, and it felt great. What a way to start my Valentine’s Day! After class, Amy and I popped in at lululemon’s flagship store, where I spent way too much money and met a couple of the women who work at their LA HQ. New yoga pants, new friends and new yoga buddies!
After grabbing a bite (Have I mentioned I had my first taste of Tim Horton’s yesterday? I did!), I headed back to Queens to work on a story that was due this evening. Strange, I know, to be writing stories from my hotel room. But sometimes, quiet space is exactly what I need in order to work. I spent a couple hours on the phone doing interviews and then banged out my story, which turned out to be one of my favorites thus far, before heading back to the city for dinner. (That piece, on The Fixing of Lindsey Vonn, will be the lead story on ESPN.com Tuesday morning.)
MY VALENTINES …
And what would Valentine’s Day be without a fun, group girl’s dinner? In Vancouver, I met Amy, Tricia, Leisl and Lindsay–my Valentines!–at this fantastic Japanese restaurant called Hapa Izakaya , had a yummy pear saketini and ate way too much food. After dinner, we stumbled upon a laser-light show and a swarm of drunken, dancing teenagers–who we watched and photographed, of course–and then we got back on the Skyway for the final time today.
ME, LINDSAY, AND A RANDOM CANADIAN COUPLE. SPREAD THE VALENTINE’S DAY LOVE …
Today was a great day, but my brain is tired and I am cross-eyed and physically exhausted. Tomorrow’s wake-up call is coming at 7 a.m., so time to get some sleep. Men’s boardercross finals are tomorrow afternoon at Cypress Mountain.
It should be a fun one.