I’m so excited to be in Shanghai ahead of the World Championships! It has come round so fast – it seems like yesterday that I was at the British Gas Trials in March and just qualifying!
After trials the Nova Centurion team went on a 10 day training camp to Florida which was amazing. I wasn’t very well before I left so it was good to get a bit of sun and to get some fitness back. Unfortunately I got ill again once I was back, and had to pull out of the British Swimming Camp in Cyprus. I was so gutted that I could not be part of the team but I had to make the right decision for me and my health.
Luckily I managed to get over the illness and get back into the really hardcore training. Since then my training has been really tough but I’m lucky to have a great coach and amazing team mates and family supporting me.
I raced at the British Gas Swimming Championships in June which went really well. I decided not to ease back and taper due to already qualifying for the Worlds in March and so was extremely pleased to win the 800m and 400m Free and post some solid times.
I then raced at the Scottish Nationals in Glasgow in late June/early July. It was the same situation as the Nationals where i didn’t rest back or taper. I was lucky enough to train with Robbie Renwick for two days which was pretty cool and a nice change! Again i was pleased to win the 200m and 800m Free. I didn’t race in the 400m Free as I decided to do a heart-rate session instead – I had to train at 5.15am… It was the first morning in my whole career where my coach Bill Furniss had to come and knock on my apartment to wake me up!! Not good that my alarm didnt go off, but I still managed to be in the pool on time though!!!
I’m was very excited to go out to the holding camp in Japan and be with the rest of the team. I’ve not been on a team camp since last October for the Commonwealth Games so I’m very excited to see everyone.
And nowI’m in Shanghai – I have never been here before and have heard amazing things about the city so it will be a great experience. I think the whole British Gas Swimming Team will have an unbelievable World Championships. We’re getting stronger and stronger as a team and the moral and atmosphere is amazing at the moment!
I have a big racing schedule with racing the 200m, 400m, 800m Free and 4x200m Relay but I’m looking forward to the challenge. Wish me luck!!!!