Jodie Cowie’s GB Journey: Stepping It Up
18th February 2013
In January 2013, 15-year old Jodie Cowie was selected to train with the British Gas GBR Synchronised Swimming Team. She decided to write a blog to keep track of her exciting first year with the team.
Hi! Sorry for the weird name but I didn’t want to call it week three as that’s like the same as my other entries!
We had our schedule for the week today and training is getting more intense. In synchro there are three different types of team: tech, free and combo.
We have been doing the tech team for the past couple of weeks, which has certain elements in it that every club/country has to include in their routine. Tech teams are very fast, but the more we do them the easier it gets (ever so slightly – it’s still very hard!).
We started doing small parts of the free team today. The free teams normally have more lifts and highlights, and not all of the swimmers have to be doing the same thing, so the choreography is a bit more interesting in my opinion! We haven’t started the combo yet but they have to contain a solo, duet and trio in them at some point. I will explain more about them when we start combo!
My mum, dad and oldest sister Emily all came down to visit this weekend which was really nice as I missed all of them loads!
Lucy, Emily and I made a cooked breakfast all by ourselves which was a great treat. I don’t think we will be allowed it everyday though – getting up at 6:15am I don’t think we would have time to either though!
It’s my dad’s turn to look after us on Friday, so until then I won’t see my family. I know it doesn’t seem very long, it’s just weird going from seeing them every day to not seeing them very often!
Everyone is on half term now at school but we still train every day! I’m doing my best to keep up with school work and I think I’m going back to school reasonably soon, so it will be good to catch up and also see my friends. The main thing is that I am staying on track with my school work as I have lots of exams from May onwards!
This Wednesday the team are going to do some trampolining for a couple of hours. I’m not sure if I’m looking forward to it or not because I really like trampolining for fun but I can’t do all the flips and technical moves! But I’m sure there will be someone there to help us if we haven’t done it before.
We have recently started using a restwise programme which means we have to do some stuff to do with our pulse and our mood (and send it before 6:30am!!!). It’s good because it lets the coaches know if we have any illness or injury for when we get to training. Luckily it doesn’t have to be done as early on a Saturday/Sunday so we are still able to have a lay in!
That’s all for now!