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I can finally say that it is race week! It has certainly been a long time coming but I am extremely excited to be getting this feeling again. On Sunday I have a local Olympic distance triathlon (1500m swim, 40km bike and a 10km run) to hopefully get my race-legs back into a bit of shape before I head off to the Czech Republic for a World Cup on the 3rd September.
I was really pleased to compete at the British Nationals in Sheffield at the end of July. I went with my coach from Market Harborough, Val Dunton and swam in three events, 200 IM, 400Im and 200 Fly.
Last year I was at the peak of my fitness and got a silver and 2 bronze medals but this year I had reduced my training for my GCSE exams and although I did not get any medals I was pleased to finish the season at this prestigious event. Only the top 25 swimmers in Britain get invited to the event.
I am having a rest for the summer now and just swimming for fun and going to the gym.
I have just finished the British Summer Champs in Sheffield. I had a really good Championships with PB's in every race. I reached the final in all of my events. My best performances were winning gold in 100 fly, 2nd in 50 and 200 fly and 4th in 400 freestyle. I am now having a well earned rest, ready start again at the end of August.
I am very proud to say that I have won the midlands regional bmx series this year, after placing 3rd last year. This was one of my biggest achievements that I have been wanting to achieve. I have been training and training for this. I've been in the gym every Tuesday and Thursday night to keep my power and strength up. Let's hope I can do it again next year.
The results are out! After the 10th and final round of the Midlands Regional BMX Series.
I finished in second place which is great.
I've not really focused on this series this year, having to miss rounds whilst racing in Europe and also racing up into older age categories, so to come away with Midlands's no.2 is better than I expected. There are some fast riders in the midlands region!
Next up in two weeks are rounds 11 & 12 of the UK National series at Gosport, so there's some time to keep working on the legs.
On a final note, a special mention to our GB guys Kyle Evans and Kye Whyte for getting Gold and Silver at the European Championships in Glasgow this weekend.
More Information: midlandsregionalbmx.co.uk
Today I was the reserve in the teams competition representing vale judo club. Our team placed 3rd winning a bronze medal.
I am back in Spain with HMT Hospitals. We are racing a 4 day stage race in Pamplona. There is no better feeling in cycling than shaping the race as a team or as a individual. I did this twice in the 4 days. The first was on day 1, I saw an opportunity to smash the race to bits on a crosswind section and this tactic got a teammate into the winning break. On day 3 I attacked with a teammate and rode all in for the last 30kms to the foot of the final 1km climb- this got the team the stage win and also the leaders jersey. It's nice to be the hammer for a change. (Thank you Martin Early for the photo).
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At the weekend it was rounds 7&8 for HSBC UK National BMX Series. It was a really good weekend for me on the Saturday making a final but didn't have the best finish with an 8th by getting sandwiched out the gate and then getting pushed up the corner. Sunday was going really well for me with 3/2/3 in my racing and I was leading my quarter final but then I crashed in the first corner so that was my day ending, hopefully I could do as well as I did at Telford for Gosport.
I was back from Austria on Monday and down to Newport for Nationals on Tuesday. I am here for the Madison, points race and Kilo and then am going to Belgium on Friday. My intended Madison partner was injured but Owain Roberts stepped in and stepped up. After a really fast 30km we came in 9th team. I then broke my Club senior kilometre record. The points race was fast but great fun. This was a really interesting week for me as I had come in with zero track training and straight from a tour. It was interesting to find out how I would manage. I did pretty well and the experience will help me and my coach plan for next years track champs and with a little bit of specific training I could do pretty well. It also reminded me that I love track!
At CAU last week, despite the horrible wind (-4.4) and rain, I managed to jump 6.14 and got my first silver medal this year. In shot put I managed to achieve my first GOLD medal this year. Although shot put is not my main event, as a T20 athlete, going to competitions just to do one event means I have to wait for ages, now I can add another event to keep me busy.
Thanks to my S&C coach Piotr Golaszczyk who structured a new training programme for me to work on to help strengthen my hamstring and improve my mobilities.
After going through the rehab programme for more than 3 months, I started the new S&C programme 3 weeks ago and it is very hard. But no pain, no gain, I believe my coach is working for the best of my interest.
I had 4 days of races at Swim England Summer Nationals. On the first day I made the finals and placed 7th in England! Unfortunately I didn't make any more finals. Now I have 3 weeks off to rest and recover before the hard work of training for next season. I am looking forward to working with my new coach!
Last week I competed in the British summer championships. It was an amazing experience and great fun to be there with all my friends. This year I competed in the 17/18 year old category and I made 3 finals in the 400m IM,200m IM and 200m Brst (where I was 9th in the final but the 3rd fastest 17 year old). I also achieved season's bests in all these events which I am very pleased with. This competition has given me a lot of confidence as I was surprised about making the finals as I never expected to achieve anything like that. It was also a great competition for my club as they achieved the top club in the medals table which was the first time they had achieved it in their history.
Now it's time for a well-earned rest – no swimming for 3 weeks then it all starts again!
The European Championships was very successful trip and I was so happy to come home with a silver medal with the junior women's team! We shot well on the finals field together, but unfortunately the other team won the match. Overall, I have come away from Greece really pleased with my shooting throughout the week and I have gained more experience shooting on a finals field.
After winning the Midlands Championships earlier in the year, I was selected to run at the Welsh International representing England Midlands. Unfortunately I could not compete due to the hamstring injury picked up at the English Schools Championships in July. I am very disappointed and have had a lot of bad luck so far this season. However I am working hard in training to get back to full fitness.
The lack of team sport funding from UK Sport and Sport England for Water Polo makes the continued progress with our pathway and results more difficult without making sport pay to play and then selecting on affordability.
More support is needed for team sports, not less.
I am very grateful for the GO GOLD support I receive locally that contributes to my ability to train and compete. Thank you LRS.
Summer training is underway for the domestic and international season. High hopes of retaining the domestic titles won last season and progress with GBR in Europe. Overseas training now complete in Prague and looking forward to the club training in Eger, Hungary before travelling to Prague (again) for the EU Club Nations, representing Britain as Champions.
All this and I still managed a few days away!!
The big event next year will be the World University Games in Naples in July. 12 months away but looming fast.