Excited by Olympic vision
If I squint my eyes I can see the vision. Like a volcano stirring and rumbling, the Olympic Park will explode with noise and colour, hopefully right on cue: Friday, 27 July 2012.
I have experienced three fantastic Olympic Stadiums in Atlanta, Sydney and Beijing, but have never visited one when it is being built.
I didn't know what to expect when I visited Stratford last week, apart from lots of hard hats and high visibility jackets.
The London Olympics Park is starting to take shape. Photograph: Getty
The area is huge, although it wasn't as busy as I thought it would be.
There was noise, dust and workers beavering away like little ants. There was no Seb Coe wandering around shouting orders with a clipboard, just lots of people grafting to build their own little bit of history.
It must be someone's job every week to stroll around and sprinkle some fairy dust.
The guys and girls I spoke to say they ooze with pride every day they come to work. How cool would it be to say in 2012 that you laid the bit of track that Jessica Ennis won Olympic Gold on?
I made my visit with sport mad Hertfordshire School Sports Coordinator Annie Thomas who regularly takes trips to the park with teachers, among others.
She brings them to get excited, which they do, so they can go back to their day jobs and share that excitement and really make all feel a part of the Games.
Our guide Jean, a local lass of 43 years in Newham, was in a constant state of excitement, nearly shedding tears of pride as she said, "They are my Olympics."
I have to admit I was a little disappointed when I saw pictures of how the stadium will look. It looks a bit plain to me.
Am I being unkind? Maybe I cannot help but compare it to previous Games.
Chief architect Rob Sheard said the stadium would make a big impact, but not in the same way that previous Olympic venues have.
"This is not a stadium that's going to be screaming from the rooftops that it's bigger and more spectacular," he said. "This is just a cleverer building. This is a cleverer solution."
Looking at the whole park from a bird's eye view, it is clever and it's all coming together just like a big jigsaw puzzle.
Everything is taking shape and I can picture the British athletes in the stadium running, jumping and throwing in front of 80,000 expectant fans.
Trust me there is nothing like being in the cauldron of a capacity filled Olympic Stadium - 112,000 Aussies deafened me, Cathy Freeman and the others in our Olympic 400m final in Sydney, so I must make a note to give the heads-up to my mates how loud and emotionally charged it will be!
An artist's impression of what the London 2012 Olympic stadium will look like. Photograph: Getty
Some athletes initially groaned when London won the bid on 6 July 2005, with the allure of Madrid, New York and Paris in the running.
Now with less than two-and-a-half years to go, not one British athlete would have it in any other place. I felt a wave of jealousy wash over me when in the presence of the stadium. Could I make a comeback to run in London?
I snapped out of that dream very quickly. I can't even run for a bus now!
Like a contestant on a TV makeover show, this part of east London will be sparkling and ready to go when the crowds and athletes descend for both the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The stadium may not be as breath-taking as its predecessors but the prospect of seeing it full is still exciting.