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After a couple of weeks of pure rest to reduce the swelling in my ankle, I saw a specialist physio in Leeds who has put together a comprehensive rehab programme so I will be fit for push testing in October! I will be following this and hopefully make good progress and return to pushing sooner than I thought!
Training after the easing of lockdown has been much easier and I have managed to get a lot of good training done in preparation for a pilot competition in Nuneaton in which I’ll be running the 100m!
I have maintained my motivation to continue to routinely train during lock down. As a member of the England Talent Pathway, I also participated in producing a short video to be used on social media as part of England Boxing's 'Champions' Checklist feature. The idea was to pass a tip or idea that is helping me stay fit and active, or helping contribute to my diet and training , during the Coronavirus lockdown.
I demonstrated an excellent 'in and out' drill that enables phased attacks and improves footwork.
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This month I have been able to do more workouts outdoors and use outdoor basketball courts. It has felt good to get back on the court, and have my family come and get involved too. Looking forward to sports halls opening and being able to do small groups and get back to team training at some point!
Its been a difficult 3 months in lockdown and the pools are still shut. I have managed a little gym work in the garden and a few runs and with the improved weather a couple of open water swims. Can't wait for the pools to reopen. Still no sign of any competition in the UK but a glimmer of hope with the EU nations internationals being scheduled for December.
Open Water swimming!! Never thought I would say it, but actually it's not too bad. Have enjoyed a few sessions now trying to improve on how many circuits of the course I can complete each time. Have a few more booked this week and keeping my fingers crossed for an announcement as to when our pools can reopen safely.
It's back to lockdown for me and a lot of Leicestershire athletes. It's a bit disheartening but hopefully it won't be for too long and everyone's health is the most important thing at this time.
Over the past two weeks my home club has started doing more self managed racing. Last weekend it was very windy, we did 4 races and I won all of them. I also try to go sailing in the afternoon every weekday, after cycling in the morning and running in the evening.
They have also found a new venue for the nationals, and are planning to hold them at WPNSA in the late summer.
On the 19th June i completed a charity Olympic Triathlon for 'Pets in Therapy'. i completed the triathlon in 2:07:25 (row-1500m, cycle- 40km , run- 10km). i helped my school raise over £22,000 as it was for a school mate who has sadly passed away due to cancer. Tom was a great friend of mine and his pet Maud helped him and his family through these troublesome times. Tom was a true inspiration to me and many other as he wouldn't let this illness get in the way of what he loved.
Still continuing to train at home as have not had access to a pitch but trying to improve my strength and conditioning for when I go back to playing.
As the lockdown measures relaxed i was able to go to loughborough to train which felt great to be back on a pitch. However it was very disheartening to find that Leicester went back on lockdown. Have to stay motivated and keep going though.
The last month has been difficult regarding training. Sadly, my Dad passed away and the local lockdown has meant that I have once again lost my group training sessions – these factors have made training extremely hard but it has also proved as a getaway for me, helping me cope with the events of the past month.
I have also been able to have virtual physio appointments. These have helped no end and have provided a small glimpse of normality again which of course helps in more ways than one.
With lockdown rules easing and England athletics announcing that jumps can take place I’m looking forward to getting back to normal in terms of training over the summer.
Home training is going alright still however I can’t wait to be on an actual track again and back on the high jump bed.
A few competitions are still scheduled to take place near the end of the summer so hopefully they still go ahead, although they have helped motivate me during the lockdown to continue to work hard and so have been vital in providing something to work towards.
Good luck everyone!