Eleven days in (not counting today) and I've got the back done plus another 6-8 inches on the front. Roughly six days including today - and three of those have late night potential - remain to finish by the end of the Olympics. And what an end it will be. Apparently Jimmy Page is going to perform at the closing ceremonies. You can see more of my progress pictures here.
I know it's corny/cheesy, but knitting this while watching the Olympics has led me to really be inspired by what our athletes are accomplishing. To see someone run a marathon, or finish a triathlon by sprinting, or win 8 gold medals in one sport really spurs me on to continue knitting when I might otherwise want to lay down. More than once I've put my project down only to pick it back up after watching an athlete persevere through their challenges.
I've heard a few people mention "What's the point? It's not like I get a medal or anything," and believe me, I've had those thoughts a few times myself. But then I realize the whole reason we started this thing in the first place: to challenge yourself, to push yourself past your preconceived limitations and accomplish something you didn't know or think you could. It's rewarding when you see that you can in fact meet your goal. Even if it takes you until 3 a.m. to do it.