SWINDON’S England international swimmer Tilly Gray writes for Link Sport about her temporary relocation to Loughborough while the pool at her base camp in Bath is renovated…
I’M up in Loughborough at the minute as my course has started up and I’ve got half of my last year to complete. To me it’s really important to get the best grades possible.
Due to events a couple of years ago I didn’t see myself moving up here and putting off my degree for a year so I never really expected having to do anything from distance, but luckily I have the option to pop back and forward to complete my modules.
I’m also getting some good training under my belt and it’s a good training environment to be around. It’s a lot later than I’m used to – it’s a five o’clock start in the mornings, finish at half seven but the evening training is six til eight. For me, that’s a massive chunk of the day where I can get my head down, go to lectures or study in the library, which means that I’m not breaking up the day.
In Bath I get back at half nine and then I’m back at the temporary pool in Bristol for five, so I have to leave at around two. I like to have a little nap before I do any studies because I can’t really think in the morning if I’ve just done a hard session.
I struggle to work after swimming, especially if I’ve had a hard set. I just want to crash and chill out for the evening. I might have to discipline myself a bit more to get more work done in the evening. It’s not the way I’ve done it before and I’m not sure how it will play out. It’s going to be a lot of rejigging.
I don’t really like not having much to do on my to-do list. It seems silly because that’s everybody’s dream but I don’t like sitting around waiting for the next session because you get really lethargic and you don’t really perform that well.
It’s nice to be back in education and the thought of graduation is so exciting.