I already told you how I do my workflow in a previous blog, but now I want to tell you about a typical schedule for a day photographing the Olympic Games. This will also help you understand why it is so difficult to cover more than one event per day.
This was my day yesterday:
9:30am: Wake up (since I did not get to sleep until 3am)
9:35: Get cleaned up and wash some clothes in the bathtub
10:15am: Call home to say hello to the family (using Facetime so I can see them - and it's free)
10:45am: Write a blog to post later in the day (when more of you are awake)
11:30am: Pack up the camera gear I will need for the day
11:45am: Catch the press bus from my "hotel" to the Main Press Center
12:00pm: Eat something at the MPC
12:30pm: Check email, blog posts, and Facebook to see what you all are saying (And loving all of that)
1:05pm: Get the press bus which goes up to the mountains
2:15pm: Arrive at the Gorki press center
2:30pm: Get another press bus which goes further up the mountain
3:00pm: Take yet another bus to the ski jumping venue
3:15pm: Arrive at the venue and research shooting positions
4:00pm: Finish writing the blog and post
4:15pm: Go out and look at the practice aerial ski jumpers
4:45pm: Get into shooting position
6:30pm: Finish shooting the event
6:45pm: Download photos and start going through them
7:15pm: Decide not to shoot the end of the event, since I did not want to get home at 2am again
7:30pm: Catch the two different buses to get back to the Gorki media center
8:30pm: Get a locker at the press center and dump all my gear
8:40pm: I actually left the clean zone (finally!) to get a real dinner. I am sick of McDonalds!!
10:15pm: After eating at the Marriott (it's all I could find in the area), I head back to Gorki to get my stuff
10:40pm: Finish going through the aerial images and editing them (while waiting for the 11:35pm bus back to coastal cluster)
11:30pm: Get to the bus stop to find a full bus and tons of other press being left behind
11:45pm: They arrange for a second bus. Bonus!
12:45am: Uh oh - there is some sort of emergency issue and the freeway is blocked. Our driver tries to find an alternate route back to the MPC
1:30am: We get back to the MPC and I wait for the next bus to take me back to my "hotel"
2:00am: I get back to my room
2:10am: I call home again to say good night and good morning
2:30am: Get cleaned up and ready for bed
3:00am Night night time - so much for trying to make it an early night.
And here I write this while eating another dinner at the press center. No time wasted!