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Bad news Leicester is still in Lockdown but i'm still doing my own fitness training at the park and bag work with the punch bag I have bought and installed in the garage with my funding. Hopefully I will be back in the gym soon!
Unfortunately, the Leicester lockdown has meant that the rowing club has had to close for the time being. However, I’m very lucky that I live about 15 miles out of the city and my coach is also unaffected, so I have been able to take my boat home and then we have been able to train out of Nottingham. It also served as a very nice change of water and scenery!! Big thanks to my parents for giving up most of their weekend ferrying myself and boat up to Nottingham!
Looking forward to finally getting back to training tonight!
Although it may not be the best outcome as we are not able to use the high jump beds I’m still very excited to be able to get back to training, be able see my coach, and be able to get back on an actual track.
Although the season has been completely disrupted it will be nice to get back in to more of a routine and back to a bit of normality.
Hope everyone is doing well :)
After what was the longest time ever off a trampoline I'm back to training and it feels great. Obviously I have to have a phased return as neither I or my support team has ever done this before. So I'm slowly building up my time on the trampoline and building back routines and skills. We have also done a few sessions of fitness outside in the open with my fellow gymnasts socially distanced ofcourse. It's great so see everyone and get back to what I love doing.
Training is starting to begin with the loughborough students hockey. We are training in groups of 6 and working on none contact skill based stuff to get back to how we were before lockdown, and in preperation for the actual pre season to start in late August.
I have been invited to compete in the British Championships in Manchester at the beginning of September. It is a closed event so it will be very strange but it will be good to get a chance to race.
Hopefully there will be a race or two before then for me to get race sharp but until then there is a big block of training to get under my belt. Fingers crossed the Championships will go ahead as it would be good to really see where I am at as I am still training on my own and so I can't see where I am within my usual training group.
As most events have been cancelled this year, I recently made the decision to start transitioning to a new class of boat now rather than in a few months. This means I have been mostly training in the laser radial which has a bigger hull and bigger sail than the topper. I'm getting used to the differences between them and really enjoying sailing the boat as it's better suited to my size.
Last week I took part in an event at my club in my topper which was interesting as I haven't sailed it very much recently. It felt quite small and different to the laser and I didn't do as well as I would have liked but I don't mind as I know this means I'm getting more comfortable in the new boat.
(Picture is of the topper)
Well the great news for the lucky swimmers is that indoor pools can open from today! That's the good news, the bad news is that Braunstone pool is still in Leicester lockdown. And so I will keep doing what I have been doing since March, staying fit and motivated for the new normal. I have been fortunate to be able to swim in a spa pool at My Spa in Rothley which has helped me keep my feel for the water. Open Water swimming has been fun and I have maintained a healthy diet throughout. Stay safe everyone.
Being able to train back on the track with a few others has been great! It’s been a really good motivator for me during tough times, I also ran my first competition in which I wasn’t 100% ready and it reflected on the race however it has left me with what I have to work on and will allow me to progress in training in the next few weeks!
Now i am back at the track i feel a lot better on my bike and am slowly starting to come back to my top ability.
Within the next few weeks i should hopefully be able to travel to more tracks in the Midlands and start to ride with different riders again.
Also all the venues and dates for this year's national series have been carried over to next year.
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So 122 days after getting out of the pool, I have recently been lucky enough to have the use of a small private outdoor pool, I have the smell of chlorine in my nose again and I love it. I am working hard on skills in the pool and topping up my fitness with land based training and open water sessions. Swimming life is still far from what I am used to, but its getting there. Looking forward to some squad training soon.
The last week I have been in the Lake District training on some of the biggest hills I have ever climbed both running and cycling. I have be able to meet up with one of my friends Charlie Harding for a socially distant ride which has been good as this is the first time I've been able to ride with somebody else.
This week is the 8th week of officially being back in the pool training and it’s going very well. Really enjoying it and now getting to do some big blocks of hard work.
Following government guidelines, i’ve been able to complete my first socially distanced netball session with my friends! It feels good to get back to some normality and i can’t wait to get back on court!
Still trying to keep fitness levels up and after some down time the training is ramping back up to be court fit and a last minute decision to go on holiday training in the French Alps is going to be fun and i can work hard even at altitude!!
Since the beginning of July I have been really lucky to be able to come out to Mallorca and train in a 50m swimming pool. I have had to gradually ease back into swimming, but swimming is now starting to feel normal again and I am absolutely loving being back. I have also been able to do gym sessions here and also took part in an open water session and a biathlon, which was great. The pools open again on 24th July but I am just waiting to here the exact date we will be back in, so until I here, I will be staying out in Mallorca to train.
I was able to train at loughborough last few weeks in small numbers which was great as I could train properly. It was going well until Leicester went on lockdown and now it is back to training at home.
There is good news on the horizon! After having spent the last few months putting in some great training blocks, enjoying the outdoors and staying as positive as possible in the current circumstances there have finally been some recent developments from a racing perspective. In just under a week there will be some socially distant racing taking part at Mallory Park and there are some races scheduled in France and the Czech Republic at the end of August and early September. I'm hoping that things continue on moving in the right direction for everyone which will allow races to go ahead. Either way, I hope that everybody is still staying safe, healthy and positive.
I am still working hard on my daily training at home and meeting up with my coach outdoors. Although a date has been set for the reopening of indoor sports facilities it is still a long way off until I can get back on court. This is due to leisure centres using the sports halls for the gym equipment and exercise classes.
So I am still working hard on my training at home working on important specific areas but with the opening of leisure centres very soon you would think i would be getting excited but unfortunately still no Badminton courts available as yet due to sports hall being used for gym equipment and classes in the first phase so I must wait a little longer till i can hit the courts, hopefully not that much longer it's killing me :)
The sunshine was out for a little while but it's unfortunately gone back to miserable rainy England! Even though the weather is pretty poor at the minute, I made the most of the sunshine last week and rode to the coast!
My dad and I did the full 102 miles on our road bikes and my brother did the 50, all finished with a sunny beach walk with my family and some good old fish and chips.
I have also been doing a lot of running through lockdown to get ready for the upcoming Cyclocross season in October and have been improving every week with new PB's almost every run!
None of this would have been possible without your help, I hope everyone is staying safe and getting back into the swing of some things again and maybe getting used to the new normal thanks, Libby