This is it.
I’ve been training for so many years for this season. In terms of Olympic Games, this could be my only one. It’s certainly going to be the only chance to compete in one in my home country. The hours and hours of hard work in and out of the pool have all really been channelled towards this year.
I was glued to the TV the other weekend, watching all the coverage of the track cycling World Cup which took place at The Velodrome in the Olympic Park. The atmosphere seemed absolutely electric. Watching Sir Chris Hoy powering his way towards the podium gave me goosebumps and I was just watching at home! It’s inspiring to see fellow Scots like Sir Chris performing at their best so close to the Games.
The swimming test event is taking place just now at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park. The event is doubling up as the British Championships and it will also be the meet which determines whether or not you qualify to compete at London 2012, so it’s a huge one for us GB swimmers.
I was lucky enough to have the chance to visit the venue while it was being built and then once again when it was completed. It’s a phenomenal structure and it was pretty exciting to see it up close.
As well as ensuring I’m in the best physical condition for my races, the lead up to a big event is also about getting the mind in shape and ready to compete. I’ve been working with a psychologist for the past year now, something which is new to me, but it’s been great and I’ve got a few strategies to make sure I maintain perspective at all times.
For those athletes who do make it, this event will give an opportunity for them to familiarise themselves with this fantastic venue. It’s the little things like finding out where the call room is or working out how long it takes to walk from the call room to the pool. It might sound irrelevant but it’s these tiny details that can make all the difference.
I know it’s going be so tight to qualify for London 2012. I’ve been working so hard for this and I’ve been swimming fast times in training. Now it’s all about getting into the pool performing to the best of my ability. I’m not letting myself get ahead of the next race but this is what it’s all about. I’m excited to see how fast I can swim.