My inspiration February 28, 2013 at 3:54 pm
Breakfast I normally have a big bowl of bran flakes with fruit yoghurt and acai berry juice. Check out the benefits of acai berry.
Lunch In between sessions I have a ham salad wholemeal bread sandwich or pasta with salad — something quite light that will provide energy yet allow me to train in the afternoon.
- MUSIC Listening to hip-hop and R&B mus,, is a key part of my warm-up preparing for events, so I always have my iPod with me.
- Technical shoes I always have to pay excess baggage when I travel as I have six pairs of spikes for each event. I have the same for the sprints, hurdles and 800m, but I need to make sure I have all my technical shoes because they’re specific for each event.
Spikes Some adidas representatives from its headquarters in Germany came over and had a chat with myself and other athletes about spikes. We had some input to what changes we’d like, so it’s useful to voice our opinion.
CAROLINA KLUFT I think most heptathletes were relieved that she was moving on from heptathlon — I think she felt that she’d achieved everything that she wanted to in the event, although that doesn’t mean that she won’t be back. However, Denise Lewis is definitely an inspiration to a lot of British athletes as well as myself, especially after winning her heptathlon gold in Sydney. She’s a lovely person and an amazing athlete. 12/
[My inspiration, O 800m training
Every heptathlete hates the 800m. Those sessions tend to be the worst. All the other events are explosive, whereas 800m is more endurance. I normally do three sets of 3 x 200m, with 30 seconds’ recovery and five minutes’ rest in between each set.
O Testing techniques
I’ve changed my take-off leg in the long-jump to my left because of my injury; although I felt like I was making a breakthrough on my right,in the long-term it will be beneficial. I have a lot of technical data I can refer to assessing how performance varies from previous competitions and training. I also look at YouTube, analysing different techniques.
O Workout partners
I do some of my weights and running sessions with my training mates in Sheffield, but most of my technical work is one-on-one with my coach.
O Post-session pamper
After a hard session I’ll have an ice bath, and I tend to get a massage or physio to make sure my muscles are flushed out and my back’s in alignment, so nothing’s crept out of place. I also use the hydrotherapy room at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield and the sauna and Jacuzzi to relax my muscles after sessions.