28 July 2008
Well, here I am – just a few days after my final pre-Olympic competition. In case you didn’t see I had a good competition on Saturday at the Aviva London Grand Prix – taking second place behind Germany’s Christina Obergfoll. Obergfoll is ranked second in the world right now – and I’m at 6th so it was a good marker of where I’m at and now I can start to look at some other things – like packing.
I haven’t started yet – I leave for the Pre-Olympic holding camp at Macau a week tomorrow, and I’m going to start putting my things in place. An Ipod – of course is essential, and I’ll be sure to take some DVDs – I’d love to take the boxed set of series six of the series 24 but I’m not sure if I’ll get it in time. Needless to say DVDs are great and you can swap with other athletes – in fact I rely on what others bring with them also!
I also need to visit a good book shop before I go, I’ve a few favourites that I don’t mind reading again – like the book Tuesdays with Morrie. I’ll also take my laptop – its important to not let boredom get the better of you.
I think I’ll probably share with team mate Kelly Sotherton – we get on well and our events are a few days apart. I’ve had some random room-mates over the years at overseas meets – I once roomed with a Russian pole-vaulter for two days and I think she was only in the room for about 4 hours all in. My only stipulation is a good night sleep so I couldn’t share with someone who snores.
I’m looking forward to Macau. My Coach Mark Roberson will be there to help me with those final few days preparation. At this stage it will just be fine tuning – he might help with timing but he won’t say a lot – it’s the tiny things that make a difference. Familiarity is also important to routine – after all I see him every day at home so it’s important to do the same in Macau. Finally it’s good for him to share in it – we’ve had a good year and we are working well together.
I’m quite a good traveller and long haul is quite easy because once you’re there – you know you’re there for a while and can relax. I always take some water and I’ll definitely be wearing my flight socks and I’ll try get some sleep. But if I don’t, I don’t mind getting into the films which can help the hours tick away.
Anyway, I’ll catch up soon – and let you know how I’m getting on in Macau.