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TRAINING ACROSS THREE DISCIPLINES HAS GOT
TO BE TOUGH – WHAT DOES A TYPICAL WEEK’S
TRAINING SCHEDULE CONSISTOF?
Jonny:
It’s 30-35 hours and we swim fve times, run nine times
and bike seven times. Cycling is most of the hours as if you
only do it for an hour that’s not a lot. On top of that we also do
two gym sessions and then a physio session once a week – so
lots of training.
WE HAVE SOME AMAZING COUNTRYSIDE IN
YORKSHIRE, DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE LOCATION
WHEN TRAININGOUTDOORS?
Jonny:
Environment is an important part of your training
and that’s why Leeds is so good, as you can go out on the
small roads in the Dales and even from the city centre you
can be out to Otley in half an hour. My favourite place
for running is the Chevin [a forest park on massive rock
outcrops to the north of Leeds with steep paths that reach
up to 280m above sea level], it’s great, I love it, there’s a load
of small paths up there. For cycling, it’s up to Bolton Abbey.
I’ve been cycling on that road since I was really young and
I still do it now. We always fnish our rides along there, so
Wharfedale really is great.
Tis interviewwas frst published in the May 2011 edition of Bodyline News.
Leeds is also home to fyweight boxer Nicola Adams,
who’s one of the favourites to win Olympic boxing gold for
Great Britain. She’s won two silver medals in the past and
recently took the European title in Rotterdam.
“I’m beginning to turn silver into gold which is exactly
what I wanted,” said the former Burmantofts ABC star. “I’ve
proved I’m the best in Europe but I know I’m not the fnished
article yet and there is more to come.”
Adams became the frst female boxer to represent
England back in 2001 and has emerged as a potential 2012 star
since returning from a year out with a career-threatening back
injury two years ago, when it appeared her Olympic dream was
in tatters.
“Tis means so much to me,” she said. “Not only have
I won European gold but I’ve also earned valuable ranking
points.Tis is one of the high points of my career, but Olympic
gold is my real focus now.”
Adams, whose frst world silver medal came at a time
when women’s boxing was still sidelined, is leading a successful
women’s team with fve team-mates also claiming European
medals. “It’s a special time for the sport at the moment,” she
said. “I’m pleased that the younger girls who are coming up are
not having to struggle like I used to have to do before we got in
the Olympics. Everything has been put in place now.We’ve got
a proper system to go through and hopefully that will pay of in
London when we all go on and win Olympic medals. Nothing
but gold will be good enough for me.”
For more information about the celebratory events taking place
as part of the Olympics visit
www.leedsinspired.co.uk.
I’VEPROVEDI’MTHEBESTINEUROPEBUT
I KNOW I’M NOT THE FINISHED ARTICLE
YETANDTHERE ISMORETOCOME.