I can’t believe my last post was a summary of my World Champs experience in Doha!
And this year is my 2nd winter of full training without the misfortune of a summer dogged with injury and inconsistency.
So how does an athlete prepare for one of the biggest years of her career following on from one of the best years of her career?
Well, for a start, repeat what worked from last year- training and coaching guidance, weekly physiotherapy support, good nutrition.
Change what could be better – regular coaching input, improved diet and nutrition, body composition (fast becoming a taboo subject because of the insensitivity and bullying of a select few coaches), better sleep and recovery strategies.
The changes are now being implemented with the help of the MIHP (Manchester Institute of Health & Performance) & Aston Moore based in the Midlands.
Alongside my regular training routine following the famed Dan Pfaff’s “3-day rollover”, I’ve chosen to work with Aston twice a week for immediate technical input, something I sorely missed in 2019 and which, when given showed a marked performance improvement (6.75 and then 6.86m!). I appreciate other factors contributed to this success, but I also found his simple, technical insights conducive to big jumps.
I’ve also now garnered the support of the MIHP for the use of their stellar weights room (it feels like heaven every time I walk inside!), hydrotherapy recovery sessions and testing for movement mechanics, strength etc.
I am now commencing the second training block since returning to training for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, so I thought it only right for me to share a quick snippet of my first four weeks…