Jemma Lowe blogs on Swimpath: Australia training camp

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Jemma Lowe from Swimpath Olympic Training program, see swimpath.co.uk

The new year of 2016 has arrived and the Olympic Games are coming fast. As soon as midnight arrived on New Years, the Olympics will have crossed swimmers minds all over the world.

Leading up to the Olympic trials my training group are doing a 7week training camp in Australia. Whilst it’s Winter in the UK, it’s sunny, hot Summer in Australia. Training through Winter in the UK increases the risks of illness and Vitamin D deficiency; this year we especially want to avoid illness as much as we can and maximise our training gains. The sun also helps keep people happy and happy swimmers are fast swimmers!

I’ve been in Australia at the Gold Coast for almost 2weeks now and waking up early in the morning for training is a lot easier when the sun is up.

I’ve been in Australia at the Gold Coast for almost 2weeks now and waking up early in the morning for training is a lot easier when the sun is up.

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The facilities out here in Australia are amazing. There are hundreds of Olympic sized swimming pools and the one we are training in has 12 lanes!

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Swimming 10 sessions a week as well as 5 gym sessions takes up a lot of time and can be difficult to fit anything else in after quality rest time. However, it’s very important to keep training fun and we still manage to fit fun activities in.

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On one afternoon off training we decided to play on this inflatable…..

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….. which turned out to be more of a work out than an afternoon of resting.

When training abroad it can sometimes be difficult to get the same nutrition in as you are used to at home. Out here the food is very similar to the UK and some are even better, for example, fish ….

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I experimented cooking Red Snapper, which is a great protein source for recovery after training. It turned out to be very tastey, but for fish lovers only.

Images courtesy of Jemma Lowe

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Production engineer and certified swim coach. Full-time IT consultant, spare-time swimming aficionado. 2 sons, 2 daughters and a wife. President of the Faroe Islands Swimming Association. Likes to run :-)

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