- 9 Aug 08, 07:47 AM
Nihao from the athletes' village in Beijing.
I've just come back from the velodrome, and I've now only got three training sessions left until my racing begins. We're that close.
I'm settled into my room, I'm feeling relaxed and I've even got my coffee machine working. Excellent.
The British squad here has done well. We're spread over two five-storey blocks right in the middle, not too far from the dining rooms and laundry, and we've also done well with the rooms themselves.
B&Q have kitted us out with a load of extra stuff - sofas, fridges, rugs, DVD players - so it feels more like we're staying in a hotel than the basic student accommodation that everyone else has.
While physically it's probably the nicest athletes' village I've stayed in, my only complaint would be the food.
It's quite disappointing to be honest. There's not that much choice, and there's certainly a shortage of fresh fruit and veg, which as you can imagine is a bit of a problem when you're dealing with thousands of athletes.
What's quite amusing is seeing the range of body types you get in here. Every possible shape and size is represented - tall, skinny basketball players, tiny squat weightlifters and everything in between.
I quite like it. It makes you feel less of a freak yourself. And it also means we can sit there at dinner trying to work out what sport various people do.
Life's quite simple for us cyclists at this stage of proceedings.
Training-wise I have one day on and one day off. The rest of the time it's feet up, resting as much as possible.
There's no chance of sightseeing, of getting down to the Forbidden City or Summer Palace, or even any over-competitive games of table-tennis against athletes from other countries.
And we didn't make the opening ceremony. In some ways that's a shame - it's the symbolic start of the Games, and you get a big kick out of it if you can make it.
But it simply involves too much standing around in the heat. It's not just the two hours after you've walked into the stadium either.
So many athletes go from the village that you have to queue to get on a bus, sit in traffic with hundreds of other buses and then stand around in an enormous waiting-area before you finally file into the stadium.
By the time you get hope you'll have been on your feet for six or seven hours, and that's no good to us this close to competition.
As for my Mandarin - well, you've heard almost all of it already.
Vicky Pendleton's the linguist in the team. You should hear her talking to the volunteers and officials - she's a natural...
Chris Hoy was talking to BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce
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