Adlington craves home comforts in London
22nd September 2011 - The Daily Telegraph
It is understandable that Adlington craves home comforts. At the 2011 World Championships in Shanghai she had suffered such bad insomnia, due to the jet lag, that she was forced to take a sleeping pill for the first time her life.
Not that it was a bad meet for Adlington. After what she called a “horrible” first race, she surged back to take 400m freestyle silver and the 800m gold.
At the last Olympics it was like going to Disneyland without the rides.
“I feel a lot more in control with it being in London,” she said. “It’s not overwhelming. At the last Olympics it was like going into Disneyland without the rides.
"The place was huge and you wanted to see everything. We are not going to have that Disneyland effect with it being in London. It takes that away from it. You don’t need to be overwhelmed or star-struck."
After competing in Shanghai, Adlington took a well deserved two-week break in Mykonos, her first holiday in two years.
Swimming is unlike anything else. You lose your fitness so quickly you cannot afford to have too much time out.
She is refreshed and relaxed but knows she is in for a lot of hard work to get herself back up to speed after the break.
“I got back in on Monday,” she said. “It was weird getting back in the pool. It always is. You cannot believe how much fitness you lose.
"I think it is because swimming is so much unlike anything else. Even if you go running when you’re on your break it still doesn’t relate to the pool, the feel of the water.
"You lose fitness so quickly you just cannot afford to have too much time out. It’s always good to get back in but you’ve to be prepared to feel awful for a couple of weeks."