A busy time of year
15th February 2012 - The Scotsman
It’s been a really busy time for me. After two great weeks training in Tenerife it was back home to face the stress of trying to catch up with my university work then I was back in racing mode for my first major meet of the year, the British Universities and Colleges Sports Championships in Sheffield.
Then, on 3 March, I will be at the new Olympic pool taking part in the most important event for years, the British Gas Swimming Championships (Selection Trials).
I'm really looking forward to trying out the new pool and getting a flavour of what it might be like in July.
I’m really looking forward to trying out the new pool and getting a flavour of what it might be like in July. But it is going to be a really tense week as I try to clinch my Olympic selection.
I have to finish in the first two and I’m looking forward, hopefully, to getting the trials out of the way and then being really able to concentrate on London 2012.
My main event is the 400m Individual Medley and it is on the first day of the trials – just as it will be at the Olympics. The heats are in the morning and the final in the evening. I’m not taking anything for granted. There are lots of youngsters coming through and I’ll need two good swims.
If I’ve already qualified in the 400m IM, it will be nice to be able to be a little more relaxed for the other races.
The university work is hard, but it is quite a good diversion from swimming. I had to do four 3,000-word modules for my sport and exercise science degree at Robert Gordon’s and I couldn’t quite finish the last one in time and I was getting really stressed out.
But I asked for an extension and that’s when the university really help. The lecturers appreciate that I have enough to worry about with my swimming and they give me the extra time I need. But that’s me finished with studies until after the Olympics.
I didn't do anything except eat, sleep and swim. Nights out or seeing the sights? You must be joking!
Tenerife was fantastic. It was just dad and me and we got in some really good long course work. It was lovely and hot – although I didn’t do anything except eat, sleep and swim. Nights out or seeing the sights – you must be joking.
Dad is a helicopter pilot who goes out to the oil rigs and has been back at work since we got home a couple of weeks ago but I’ve been training as hard as ever at the Garioch Pool. When you are a medley swimmer, there is so much variety working on every stroke. It’s a great challenge.
As for the Olympics – and it’s now less than six months away – I have a pretty weird feeling about the whole thing. It is so close and people are always talking to me about it. But I know I still have to qualify and I just can’t look too far ahead.
I know it’s a cliché but I’m just trying to keep my head down, work hard in training and trying to treat the Olympics just like any other major meet.
Hannah Miley is sponsored by Kellogg’s www.kelloggs.co.uk/freeswim