A cup of tea with....Olivia Breen

We caught up with our ambassador Paralympian Olivia Breen on 2016 so far...

An insight into an athlete's winter training regime:

I can't believe we are now well into 2016. This year has been my focus for such a long time I can't believe it is actually here and it's very exciting.  Going to Doha for a couple of weeks immediately before Christmas was an excellent part of my winter training. The training facilities over there are excellent and it was good to really concentrate on training without any other distractions.  I went to Doha for a couple of weeks immediately before Christmas which was an excellent part of my winter training. The training facilities over there are excellent and it was good to really concentrate on training without any other distractions. It was really nice to get home though just in time for Christmas as I felt I had spent too much time in Qatar last year. We have been focusing a lot of time in training on long jump which is actually going really well.

Last weekend I had my first indoor competition of the year at Lee Valley near London and I ran the 60m. I had not planned to compete indoors this winter as my season had ended so late last year. However, my winter training has been going really well and my coach Jonas Dodoo and I decided that it would be good to get some competition training. The race went reasonably well and I was quite close to my pb. However whilst my start was good I don't know what happened as I entered my drive phase so I lost time there. It was fun to compete though and to be in that intense atmosphere again and I definitely learnt from it.  

 olivia breen

Picture courtesy of Sky Sports.

This winter I have also been focussing a lot on my long jump. I need to repeat things time and time again for it to stick and we have been devoting lots more time to my long jump technique - particularly my take-off. I am really happy with my progress over the last couple of months and hopefully this will show when I do some long jump competitions.

Well winter finally arrived last week and as an athlete it is really important to stay healthy so that I don't become ill and have to take time off training. I take a cocktail of vitamins all year round but i am particularly vigilant about taking vitamin c and d supplements during the winter. Of course keeping a healthy and balanced diet is the most important thing of all and I always try to eat lots of fruit and vegetables. I had a new blender for Christmas and I make a lot of smoothies with foods full of antioxidants like kale, broccolli and avocados I also try and take a sachet of Elite "greens" which is a mixture of powdered green vegetables most days which is gross! If I come into contact with anyone who is ill I use First Direct spray to try and avoid getting a cold and always carry anti-bacterial spray in my bag.

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Author: Hannah Attenburrow

Date: 21/01/2016

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