What you focus on you see more clearly.
Well I am back from Canada, and it was fantastic; a brilliant trip! I learnt so much and had time to work on all the aspects of my training that I should have done straight after coming back from my injury, but that I didnt have time to do in my prep for competitions. I learnt lots of new moves and found my form again! Theres some piccys from Skyriders trampoline Club in Canada! Look out for my SB top- it doesnt just look good on the tennis court, it looks good on the trampoline and in the gym too!!! AND its also on sale at the mo- so grab a bargain!! http://www.sweatybetty.com/shop-by-sale/sale:-sweat/vests-cropped-tops/shots_tennis_vest.asp
Last week I was at Bath University for G.B squad training. We trained twice a day followed by a lovely iced bath. I love those. NOT; but they do help! We had strength and conditioning sessions, and caught up with our psychologist and nutritionist for feedback on progress. I was really pleased with how it went and had some really positive feedback. I have moved on in my S & C sessions and my body composition results were much better. My knee is much stronger and more balanced with the other knee! I had another really good chat with Pete- our pschologist about London 2012. I was saying about how I felt a little uncomfortable talking about the Olympics and if anyone were to ask about it I would kind of brush it off in fear of sounding arrogant and also in fear of talking about it just in case I fail to reach it. He said there are two outlooks on the games. One way of seeing it is as a threat and that would make training tense and with a fear of failure and a sort of emotional approach- "I must get to the Olympics or my life will be over, everyone will think im rubbish and a massive failure". The other way of looking at it is as one big opportunity- I am training for the Olympic Games; if I get to compete there- fantastic, but if I dont get there I have learnt a lot, and I was involved in a huge journey there. He also said something which I always forget- or maybe I block out- and that is that no matter what happens around the Olympics in August 2012- if I go to the Olympics or if I dont go to the Olympics- whichever road, September will come and the Olympics will be over and I will be looking at new challenges. It made me realise that I shouldn't focus purely on 2012, but that whilst that will always be in my mind I should look beyond that and be ready with my plan past that competition. I think by doing that, it will take a huge pressure off my mind knowing that there is life after the games and that I cannot lose anything by trying to be the best I can be- I am a winner either way. It was buzzing at the Uni last week as the Paralympic teams were there for a practice run of the 2012 Olympic holding camp. There were so many different sports teams all in their kit and it felt really good to be around! I think this quote sums up my new outlook on my training, seeing goals as opportunities not threats and that I cannot lose by trying.
"Courage is the discovery that you may not win, and trying when you know you can lose.
Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying “I will try again tomorrow”.