Nicole Leach: Diary from the World Championships

Aug. 21, 2007

NCAA Champion Nicole Leach will keep a web diary during her time at the World Championships in Osaka, Japan. Leach is competing in the 400m hurdles and is ranked seventh in the world this year.

Here is Leach's first entry from her travels.

The flight was extremely long. I figured I'd be ok since I took the flight to Beijing last year, but I now realize there's no getting used to flights to Asia. I left LAX at 1:50 am Sunday morning and arrived in Hong Kong at 7:30 am Monday morning. I saw about 14 hours of darkness which wasn't bad because it kept me asleep. Then I had a three hour layover in Hong Kong. I left Hong Kong at about 10:00 am Monday and arrived in Osaka, Japan around 2:30 pm that day. By the time I went through customs, got my bags, waited for the shuttle, got my credentials, and arrived at the hotel, it was about 8:00 pm. I was extremely tired and hungry. I went and got a bite to eat from the restaurant - toast and jelly. I was looking forward to this since because it was all I ate while in Beijing last year. Then I headed to my room and slept. Now that it's Tuesday morning I realized that I run in about four days and I'm trying my best to get on the right time frame and prepare myself for my opening round.

The scenery here is nice. It's much like New York (I know everyone says this anyway), or a Philadelphia - tall buildings. The traffic is a lot like Los Angeles. It took us about 30 minutes to get to our hotel and it was approximately two miles away. The hotel is nice. It is very high-tech. The toilet has a little machine beside it that automatically changes into a bidet. It also deodorizes and changes the temperature of the set according to how you want it. There are vending machines everywhere and one of the staff members told me that there is a laundry system that washes and dries, and also put your detergent and fabric softener in, and if you place your cell phone in the machine it will send you a text when your clothes are done. I think that is the best machine ever invented. However, I have yet to witness this for myself. But so far so good. The next few days I plan to get ready for race day.

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