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Lucy's start to the season
Date: 31/5/2007

Hi everyone, my name is Lucy and if you click onto the "flexibility" section
of this site - that's me!!  Ever since I saw Denise Lewis win the "gold" medal in Sydney Olympics, I have set my heart on being a heptathlete. This involves 7 disciplines and I love them all, except the 800m - which is pants and the thought of it
makes my stomach turn!  But when I have finished it I do feel a sense of
achievement, which I do love!

My sport demands a rigorous training regime and I travel from my home near
Bath to train with well known coach Tom McNab at Brunel University in
Uxbridge.  This is a 190 mile round trip, but I have been training with Tom since I
was eleven years old and his help and experience are essential to me. My Dad
says we act like an old married couple!!! My training week looks a bit like

Monday: gym session and run at Bath in the morning, Tom at Brunel in the
afternoon for a throws session.

Tuesday: gym, core stability and long distance training (for 800m) at Bath

Wednesday: gym, core stability, javelin practice at Bath.

Thursday: physio in Maidenhead with Alex Drummond who supports me with
physio and performance training programmes (weights and core stability
exercises).  In the afternoon I go to Brunel for another training session
with Tom, in which I do sprints and jumps.

Friday: DAY OFF...SLEEP!!!

Saturday: If there are no competitions today or Sunday I have another
training session with Tom, this time I do sprints and hurdles.

Sunday: Bath to work in the gym, also a light run and practice any technical
work that needs attention.

Well that's the hard work and boring stuff dealt with, now to the fun bit:
"competitions."  My 1st competition of the "outdoor season" was at Bath only
half an hour from home.  It was a really windy day and the high jump didn't
go too well, but I did get a personal best (pb) in the 100m hurdles, so the season was off to an O.K start.  County championships were next, but the weather was rubbish, really windy and wet, also I had caught the flu, so not in the greatest form! I only did long jump and shot put with a pb in the shot, so roll on the 1st heptathlon.

19/20 May, my 1st heptathlon since I won the 2005 English schools. I've been
unable to jump for a year because of ankle problems - am very nervous! The
competition was at Woodford Green in Essex; the weather was fine but very
windy - great start, pb in the 100m hurdles (14.00) next high jump, bit of a
disaster, I only jumped 1.63m and tickled up my old injury in the process.
The rest of the competition went O.K. with a pb in the 200m and an overall
pb of just over 5000 points, I was really gutted at the time, but in
hindsight it probably was a good come back, but I know I can do so much

Heptathlons are very demanding and good hydration and nutrition are
essential, not only during the competition, but also in my daily life.   During the actual 2days of the competition I probably drink about 6 litres of fluid including specialist sports drinks to keep my mineral and salt levels correct in my body. I also snack between events on good carbs (organic rice and wholemeal pasta) and lean proteins (chicken breast and fish).  I also eat bananas and apples.

This season I have moved clubs to "Shaftesbury and Barnet Harriers" this is
a club that competes in the Junior Premier League and also the Women's
Premier League, so I hope to get some very strong competitions with some of
the best athletes in the country.  Everyone seems very friendly and helpful.
My 1st competition for them is on the 2nd at Manchester in the "Senior
Women's Premier League".  I cant wait!

Last week, Tom was asked to coach some of the older pupils at "Wellington College" and I was taken along as his assistant.  I had a really great time coaching javelin and high jump with some very talented youngsters (my age actually) and I hope that they got as much out of the session as I did-  I return next month; so I'll let you know what they thought.

That's all for now, keep your fingers crossed for me when I go to Manchester and also for the following week when I am competing at Stoke in the under 20s National Heptathlon Championships

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