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Taper Time: Chris Walker-Hebborn blogs from Cyprus

21 September

British 200m backstroke record-holder Chris Walker-Hebborn will be blogging on swimming.org before and throughout October’s Commonwealth Games. Here he blogs from his first pre-event training camp in Cyprus.

Taper!!! The word every swimmer longs to hear.

I started a four-week taper leading into the Commonwealths about ten days ago so I’m starting to get excited about the event and also the feeling of swimming fast without having to try so hard – we call it Easy-Speed, its great!

I've got a feeling the Commonwealths will be a great event so make sure you keep your TV on and watch it!

Generally though, the last few weeks have been quiet but intense. I have spent the majority of my time trying to get my things together ready for the few weeks away, where I will be stopping off in four different places over a relatively short period of time.

My first stop – where I am at the moment – is Cyprus where we have a ten day camp with the rest of the Bath ITC that also qualified for the Games, along with some of the Loughborough ITC swimmers.

There is a mixture of Scottish and English swimmers here in Cyprus but we are all pretty good friends there have been no arguments yet! Being on taper leaves me with a lot more time to chill out and relax and luckily enough, I’m in Cyprus during the height of summer so I’ve been able to top up the tan a bit and spend some time with my mates from Bath and Loughborough.

Training has been going really well in the last few weeks and it’s been a while since I have had the chance to actually get in and race so I can’t wait to get to the Games now.

I can’t say missing the European Championships in August was too frustrating - my coach and I made the decision to miss it because we both felt it would benefit me for the rest of the year and I’ve got no regrets about it. I did manage to watch some of the Champs on TV though and we even had a flat screen on poolside when my mate Michael Jamieson raced in the 200m Breaststroke semi final!

Not long until I’ll be back in racing though. Following Cyprus, we will be heading off to Doha for another eight-day camp with the GB team where will continue our preparations for the Commonwealth Games.

Then it’s on to Delhi – the place where it all starts.  Everyone will be feeling fresh and rejuvenated and ready to race for their team, and I can't wait. I’ve got a feeling it’s going to be a great event so make sure you keep your TV on and watch it!

Finally after some fast swimming, I am heading back to Australia during my time off to see some old friends and family, and of course my girlfriend.

If you have any questions for Chris, leave them in the comments section below.

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