Arrived! After 12 hours of pretzel-like travel and a brief 1/2 mile dash through Charles de Galle airport to retrieve a left bag, I arrived in Lyon Saturday night. My 4 years of high school and 4 years of college French are not helping me. I keep blurting out the Spanish I have picked up from my multi-lingual husband.
I especially needed better language skills when the train from the airport stopped suddenly and all the passengers began to get off -- between stations!
From what I could gather, the train had lost power, so I followed the other passengers through the grass and gravel hoping they were headed to the station we were short of -- and not heading to their homes and apartments to cook dinner.
Arriving worn out, stiff and sore from long distance travel is standard fare, but for an older athlete it can be worrying. Stretching, walking and rolling out muscles is critical -- every day till competition.
I've seen a few other WMA athletes around and am heading to the main stadium today -- competitions are spread between five stadiums. I'll pick up my athletes packet with bib number and competitors handbook. It'll seem real then!
Julia Curran-Villarreal is a three-time USA W55 national masters high jump champion. After a 35-year break from her favorite high school sport of track & field, Julia returned to competition in 2013 at the age of 53. Follow her journey on @juliajumping on Instagram and @juliacurran on Twitter.