Halfway through the Summer
So it’s that familiar time of year where we put in the hours of hard graft for the forthcoming season and this season is arguably the one that really matters, the pre-Olympic season. I’ve experienced an Olympic run in once before training at Bath University with the team that eventually gave rise to an Olympic champion in Amy Williams, so we are all incredibly aware of what it takes and how to get there. I trained hard that year and took on board a lot from the other athletes and this year it’s my turn to be one of the more experienced members and to apply what I’ve learnt over the last 6 years of my career to try and get there myself!
Training started properly in April and despite it only being June preparations are well underway for what will hopefully be the most important season of my career to date! As I mentioned in my previous post at the end of last season I’ve been putting in some extra groundwork this year, trying to weed out the weak parts of my ‘game’ and to say that I’ve been busy is an understatement, however the benefits are already paying off. Some big numbers have been put down in the gym to reinforce my already strong push-start, and these have transferred well onto the push track facility we have here at Bath. Similarly the extra components I’ve been working on are starting to come together and hopefully we will see the added benefit of those 4 months down the line when we start sliding again!
It feels strange to already be half way through the year and ultimately only 4 months out from the beginning of the 2013/14 sliding season; however that means 4 more months of meticulous preparation and perhaps a cheeky holiday down week in Portugal! Ultimately right now I’m already feeling good about my chances of representing myself as best I can next year on the World stage and seeing where it puts me…hopefully on the podium in Sochi!!!