You know you’re in a nice hotel when you bump into celebrities in the lift! We’re a few days into the Olympic holding camp now and staying at the Celtic Manor in Newport (South Wales) the most amazing hotel I’ve ever stayed in and I couldn’t ask for a nicer place to spend the lead up to the games. I’m sharing a room with Laura Trott which means our room is always messy, full of girly things and constant chat.
I still have to pinch myself that I’m going to the Olympic Games; it’s something I’ve dreamt about all my life. It seemed a long way off when I first started training specifically for Team Pursuit at the end of 2010, now it’s just round the corner and I can’t wait to get on the boards in London again. We’ve got fond memories of the track as the last time we were there we broke the World Record. Training is going well and we’re all in a really good place, the vibe in the camp is great and I feel proud to be part of such an amazing team.
My family came to visit yesterday which was really nice; we went to Cardiff Bay and just had a really relaxing afternoon. My sister asked, ‘What do you actually do on a day to day basis?’ Basically ride my bike, eat and lie in bed was my reply. ‘Fun’ was her somewhat sarcastic response. But I love it!
It was nice to get out of the hotel and get a bit of perspective that there is actually a world out there beyond the Olympics. They also brought me a book they had put together with personal messages from all my friends, family, old coaches, school teachers and basically everyone from Southampton who has played a part in helping me achieve my dream. I know that there were lots of other people that they couldn’t get hold of who have equally given me great support over the last few years and I thank everybody from the bottom of my heart for helping me on my journey, it means a lot. I did shed a tear but they were happy tears and knowing I’ve got so many people supporting and rooting for me is incredible.
I’m absolutely loving every day of my Olympic journey, I’m proud to be a part of Team GB and this journey is something I will remember forever.