Peter Kirkbride is thinking of the future and the possibility of competing in the Clyde Auditorium in August. Used to lifting weights in a small gym in Kilmarnock or at local sports hall competitions, the Scot has shifted his thoughts to competing on the world stage.
“I know I’m going to be putting on a show from the start. It’s going to be loud, but I’ll be the loudest one there,” Kirkbride laughs. “I’ve competed at the Melbourne 2006 and Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games and the atmosphere there was good, but Glasgow will be special.”
Kirkbride is a busy man. He has a strict training regime and a strong focus on making it to Glasgow 2014 next summer in the shape of his life and ready to compete for medals. Even the sound of his training schedule is strenuous: Weightlifting on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Powerlifting on a Wednesday. Day off Friday. Weightlifting and boxing on Saturday and swimming on a Sunday. “I’m a busy man now, he says. “Boxing and swimming are just wee bits of cardio fitness really – every little bit helps.”
If Kirkbride competes at Glasgow 2014 next summer, he hopes to be there with his training partner Dale Cree. The pair spends countless hours in a small gym in Kilmarnock working to improve each other’s technique and pushing each other on.
“I’ve been training with my pal Dale for four years and I hope we both make the cut. Sitting in the back room helping each other get ready and warming up, we know each other well and it would mean a lot to have another familiar face there.”
At a recent Commonwealth Games training squad, Kirkbride realised how much he wanted to experience the home crowd of Glasgow next summer alongside his team mates. “We were firing on all cylinders. It was good to see,” he says.
Kirkbride would love to have his team mates on centre stage with him next summer but more than anything else, he has silverware in his sights.
“It’s going to be absolutely electric. It’s just down the road from me in Glasgow. Home soil – it’s the stuff of dreams. I’ll be aiming to lift big.”
Watch Peter prepare for Glasgow 2014 at the Scottish Weightlifting Championships in Pitlochry.