Sarah Barrow blogs from her Worlds 2013 preparation camp
25th June 2013
Sarah Barrow is one of Great Britain’s most succesful female platform divers of all time, having won European gold and World Cup bronze for 10m Synchro in 2012. In this blog, she reviews the British Gas GBR Diving Team’s recent training camp in Mallorca and looks ahead to the second World Championships of her career.
After cheering for the rest of the team in Rostock at the European Championships, it was another early start on the Monday morning to the airport.
We weren't going home this time, the team got on a flight to Palma, Mallorca!
Having done the same training camp last year in preparation for the Olympics I was keen for some R & R in the sun again.
However, we arrived to hear the forecast was cloudy until Friday.
I was not happy and I thought how did we manage to pick the only week in Mallorca where it was set to be overcast?!
The rest of the team were not too impressed at all either and I can safely say training outdoors in the cold and wet is pretty miserable BUT the sun came out in the afternoons and a lot over the weekend so it wasn't so bad.
The training camp meant we could have productive gym workouts in a big gymnasium before our pool session each morning.
Ruslan (our gymnastic coach) and Ben (our weights coach) combined workouts so we could maximise the time to build our strength up for the final stretch into the World Championships.
Mallorca was chosen as a training camp so we could train outdoors in preparation for the World Championships in Barcelona and get used to all those external factors like the wind, sun and the blue sky being a very similar colour to the water!
Whilst at the camp we had an afternoon on the beach, visited the harbour and went to see our Pirate friends putting on the fantastic 'Pirate Adventure' show yet again. Highly recommended if planning a trip to Mallorca!
So Barcelona is creeping up on us very fast and Tonia and myself have been training hard on 10m since the R & R camp. We will be more focused on tapering down towards the week of the event and hopefully the hard work should all smooth out.
We are both down to compete in the 10m individual and 10m synchro synchro event. Synchro will be up first with a prelim and the top eight pairs will progress into the final.
With a day in between Tonia and myself will split up to compete against each other in the individual event, top 18 going through to the semis the same day and top 12 from the semi to compete the day after in the finals!
On the 25th July I will get to totally relax after finishing another season.
I will enjoy the sun and will be cheering for the rest of the team plus I am looking forward to spending some much needed time with my friends. I can't wait!