It's been a week since I've stopped (temporarily) going to office and started intensive training. Many were curious to know what it feels like switching to intensive training.
It's a lot like starting a new year at school... or starting a new job. A mix of excitement and anticipation. It felt a little odd not reporting for work last Monday and everyday since. At the same time, I was excited to experience for myself what life as a full time athlete would probably entail.
To slowly ease myself into the routine of intensifying my boccia training, I visited the Singapore Sports Institute a couple of times last week in the morning to have myself assessed medically and psychologically. Also tried out a sports massage (which was painful since I've never tried it before ) and got some advice on my nutritional needs. These sessions will regularly feature in the weeks ahead in preparation for London.
Every evening from 6 to 9pm in the past week (except Sat and Sun) I had on-court training. The usual familiarisation of my balls and ramp. This was somewhat unexpected since training was originally planned to be held in the afternoons. However, due to manpower constraints, training sessions shifted to evenings instead. Not such a bad thing, since my body could get used to functioning London time.
Saturday was back to the usual 9-to-5 boccia training with the rest of my teammates.
Today is only the second week and my colleagues at work are already missing me. I can't say the same about the work I had to leave behind for them to help me complete. I promise to bring back lots of English tea and jam when I come back from London!
Off to training now...!