A post-Games beer is starting to feel tempting
Competing at my home Games is the most exciting thing I have ever done. The Olympics are unbeatable and London 2012 is shaping up to be more special than anything that’s gone before.
But it’s not all as glamorous as some people expect. With such a prospect just a week away, this last stretch of intense training is, to be honest, a tiny bit boring. We train, go back to our hotel, have dinner, maybe watch a film and go to bed. Most of the time I’m too exhausted even to do the film thing.
I can’t wait to get into competition and get a result. And afterwards I’m looking forward to a beer (or maybe a couple) in my back garden and a chance to relax. I’m not a big drinker but it’s been a long time since I had a pint because it makes training too rough the next day. Hopefully a bit of sunshine and a barbecue are also on the agenda.
I did get to see my family at the weekend, they came over to Southend where we’re training and I took the boys on a couple of rides by the sea. Next time I see them will be on competition day.
I shouldn’t really be complaining, though: Tom and I are diving really well, I’ve been injury free for a good spell now and we both feel like we’re peaking at the right time. If the Games were tomorrow I’d be ready, which is lucky really because they are now less than a week away.
On Wednesday we head off to the Olympics village. The night we stayed there last week was really good fun: the place is well organised and everything is really easy to get to. I think the footballers are in our block because I bumped into Ryan Giggs in the food hall but I’m looking forward to meeting the rest of the neighbours even though there won’t be much time for socialising.
Brazil's Matheus Paulo de Santana wins one of nine gold medals to be decided on the final day of swimming competition at the Youth Olympics.
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