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Taper Time: Jazz Carlin on her Commonwealth Games preparation

22 September

Welsh swimmer Jazmin Carlin will be blogging on swimming.org before and throughout October’s Commonwealth Games. Here she talks about her preparation in Swansea and reviews her European Championships campaign in Budapest last month.

I start taper for Delhi around 25 September so I’m currently still in hard training which is quite tough! A few of my teammates have already had their summer break so Swansea has been quite quiet but everyone is starting back training now and it’s nice to have people around again.

Away from my training, my birthday was on 17 September so I went out for a meal with my friends and even had some birthday cake as a treat!

I’m really excited for the Commonwealths now – I recently got back from a training camp in Majorca with the Wales Swimming Team and everyone was in such good spirits – I think it’s nice to see that and hopefully we’ll all be ready to swim fast in Delhi!

It was a really productive camp and being in Majorca it was quite nice to top up my tan as well!

I think the Welsh team is looking really good at the moment and we have a good mix of swimmers in the group with more experienced guys like Dave Davies and Tom Haffield as well as a few younger ones like Sara Lougher who are really starting to come through.

I swam at the European Championships in August and that was a mix of positives and negatives really. I was really happy with my relay split and we managed to get a bronze in the 4x200m freestyle but I was really disappointed to miss out on the final of the 400m.

It’s always difficult swimming in such a strong event, especially with Olympic medallists taking part. But I think it was good for me to learn from my mistakes and move on from it.

It’s hard to go all out in the heats just to try and make the finals but I will try and improve on this for next time! It’s also given me plenty of motivation for Delhi and hopefully when it comes down to it, I can be ready to swim fast and win out there.

It’s always nice to be at a big event like the Europeans but to come back and go straight into hard training for the Commonwealths has been difficult. But I didn’t take a full taper for the Europeans so it wasn’t too much of a shock.

The British swimming team are heading out to Doha before Delhi so that will be another chance to put in some really good training. I think it’s really nice that we’re able to do that with our home coaches and swimmers as well as the rest of the GB squad.

When we’re away as GB, we always prepare with each other so it’s become normal for all of us to be around each other, even if we’ll be on different teams in the pool.

Away from training, my birthday was on 17 September so I went out for a meal with my friends and even had some birthday cake as a bit of a treat!

I’ve also been supporting some local swimming clubs at the Carmarthen Leisure Centre who are doing a ‘Swim the Atlantic’ event to raise money for charity. It was really nice to meet some of the young swimmers there and give them a bit of advice as well.

If you want to support or learn more about the Swim The Atlantic Challenge, click here.

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

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