Finally time to dry off

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Winning a gold medal and a bronze in her first Olympics gave Jessica Hardy plenty of reason to smile (not that she needed one).

My racing is complete, and my suits are drying out for the first time in longer than I can remember.

Swimmers don't get much of a break. We pretty much train full time, year-round, which I have done for my entire career. (I have been on the national team since 2005.) It feels nice to sleep in and worry about when I need a shower rather than when I need to hop into a cold pool. I am enjoying the mental and physical vacation.

My racing went extremely well. I finished my first Olympic Games with two medals, a bronze in the 4x100-meter freestyle relay and a gold from swimming the prelims of the 4x100 medley relay. I swam a lifetime best in the individual 100 freestyle, raced in three Olympic finals -- 4x100 freestyle relay, 100 freestyle and 50 freestyle -- and definitely had the most fun of any athlete competing at the Games, if you couldn't tell by the perma-smile I had plastered on my face the entire time.

I raced until the final night of swimming, but I got to do some sightseeing before leaving London. I saw the Williams sisters win doubles gold, the Andy Murray versus Roger Federer final and Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings' quarterfinal beach volleyball match. I went on the London Eye and even got to visit some sponsors' houses around the city. I am currently at my fiancĂ©’s family house in Switzerland for a few relaxing days before heading back to the village for the closing ceremonies.

I am not sure when I will be getting in the pool again, but I look forward to running, yoga and gym workouts when I get home. It will be nice to stay in shape with some cross-training and not be staring at the black line at the bottom of the pool for a while.