It’s Tough But I’m Not Flagging
27th July 2011 - Daily Mail
It’s difficult to say that I have a typical week because we do so much different stuff.
For the seven weeks after a trials or after our break in the summer we’ll swim only five times a week — as we’ll also do rock climbing, biking, gymnastics, running, kick-boxing and ballet.
They ask us if we're okay because we're used to high-tech facilities and we're there with vinegar-smelling gloves on.
If you are swimming up and down for so many weeks, it can turn into the most tedious thing ever. We still keep the ballet and kick-boxing, even in our main training programme.
The kick-boxing is in a proper Rocky-style gym.
They say to us: ‘Are you OK?’ because we are used to high-tech facilities and we’re there with vinegar-smelling gloves on, and we kick the hell out of each other. They give it to us hard. It’s great fun.
A typical day goes like this:
Having had surgery on my ankle at the end of last year, I put a band around it and I move it around here, there and everywhere to make it stronger.
Up at 6.50am — as late as possible. I usually have only a piece of toast in the morning. I’m not a big eater at that stage of the day. When I get to the pool at Loughborough University at 7.20-7.30, we have half an hour for all our rehab work to make sure our shoulders and ankles etc are good.
We have a programme from the physio. Having had surgery on my ankle at the end of last year, I put a band around it and I move it around here, there and everywhere to make it stronger; I also stand on one leg with my eyes closed.
We swim for two-and-a-half hours — the standard time for each pool session — in the morning. We also do stadiums — running up stairs in a block near by.