I have a whopping 22 kilos to lose and at this stage we are less than one year out from the Olympic trials. I approached the AIS head Coach Hui Tong if i can use the AIS Strength and Conditioning Coach to oversee my program and keep me on track. This proves to be tougher than I imagine.
I have lost more fitness than I thought, my flexibility is next to nothing and I have no strength left. I know it will be tough but it will be worth it in the end.
After 3 months of 2 hours of cardio 6 days a week combined with a low fat diet with portion controlled meals and I was fit enough to get back into bathers. It is now coming up to one year ago that I did my first dive back into the water. I was still very uncoordinated. My limbs seemed like they had a mind of their own and my core stability was still very poor so it was difficult for me to spin somersaults.
To be honest there were more times when I wondered how I was going to pull this off and get back on a team but I had come to far and set the wheels in motion so I had to follow through.
There were times when my body was too sore, I was getting niggling injuries and I was very frustrated and emotional but what kept me going was that I would have a little win every now and then the motivation kicked in.
As hard as the initial part of the come back was, the challenge was so satisfying and I began to appreciate my sport more and more each day. I knew this would be my final year and I was determined to enjoy it. I did, I love diving. I love the training and I love working towards something big!
If I wasn't going to make the team for Beijing, I was going to enjoy my time trying!