This year the British Champs in London weren't exactly amazing, but I guess that was part of the plan. My aim was to swim well in the 400IM – my main event – at the end of the week, but I didn’t realise how hard it was to focus on the end of the week whilst trying to swim through the first few days not feeling 100%. This week I learnt a lot about what it’s like to race when you’re not feeling your best when it matters. I guess I could wake up on race day at the Olympics and just not feel my best so at least now I know I can pull it out the bag if I need to like I did on 400IM day. Ross Murdock said to me at the beginning of the week ‘It's not about how you race on a good day, but how you race on a bad day’ – safe to say I definitely remembered his words of wisdom!
Talking about Ross… I was so so so so annoyed that I missed the mens 100m Breastroke last week where Ross finished second to Adam Peaty. I was already tucked up in bed at 8pm getting ready for the next days racing! Usually at a British Champs the event has a live stream (which I would have been watching if it was available as I am a huge swimming geek), but this year there wasn’t. There are many reasons that all organisations have been using as to why this is the case, but I just think it’s such a shame that only a handful of people witnessed that race live. For those of you that don’t know what happened, Adam Peaty won the race and doing so broke a WORLD RECORD! AND I MISSED IT!
The BBC not to long ago showed the GB athletics trials for their world championships live on TV, yet swimming doesn’t make the cut. Many of you might think swimming is boring, but I say us swimmers deserve the same coverage as other sports. When you look at the ranking of many GB swimmers in the world there are many of us ranked 1, 2, 3 in our chosen events. The thing that bugs me, and correct me if I am wrong, but I am convinced there are probably the same number, if not more world ranked athletes in swimming than there are in athletics.
Same goes for football and many other sports that have been made popular by the media.
My tweet on the issue last week got over 300 favourites, so there must be some people out there who agree with me. All I am saying is that GB swimmers as a collective had their most successful commonwealth games, and European championships in 2014 but it wasn’t enough to earn TV rights at the British trails which host the best GB has to offer... And not forgetting this year was held at the London 2012 Olympic Pool! I think it really is such a shame – But hey… Maybe one day!
Since last week I feel like all I want, and need, to do is sleep!
You don’t notice how much a big week of racing takes out of you, even though you nap every day! Alongside sleeping I’ve been doing a few sessions in the pool and the gym to keep me ticking over and help get me back in the swim of things while being at home. I woke up this morning after a pretty hard days training yesterday to killer DOMS! And I mean – the worst! (no joke)
But I can’t let that stop me, as I need my legs to function soon as I’m off to Paris tomorrow for a well deserved break with my boyfriend. It’s nice to have something to look forward to mid season, but I guess I couldn’t get too excited up until a few days ago as I had the trials to think about first.
The team is announced for the World championships soon and I’m hoping I did enough to earn my place on the team! We’ll soon see!