Training alone can be hard, but training abroad is certainly harder. When you whisk yourself off to a beautiful land for most people getting in a gym session isn’t at the forefront of their mind and rightly so… however, when you’re an athlete (albeit an injured one) it’s something you have to consider aaaand it can be a little bit of a pain. Not only do you need to find somewhere you’re able to train (i.e. a gym/track), but then you have to attempt to contact the place who normally speak very little English (as not many holiday goers are after such things), find your way there on a daily basis generally without a little car to whizz around in and you have to accept that you will have to adapt your training to that of the facilities. Not ideal, but certainly doable.
Athletes and jeans are not something you’ll often hear together in a sentence and is often a very sore point. Jeans are not generally tailored towards an athletes somatotype; small waist, big glutes and quads (and in my case also short legs). Instead, you can either purchase jeans with a gaping waist but good fit around your bum and legs OR jump around the changing room attempting to get your calves into the teeny tiny leg holes of which the waist would potentially fit.
Scrolling through my pictures attempting to find a snap of myself actually in some jeans was more of a challenge than I’d initially thought. Instead, I found myself either in lycra or a skirt. Of course I wear jeans, but the fit is never desirable. The jeans in my wardrobe at the moment are either boyfriend cut with about a gazillion holes in them (much to my family’s dismay) or what are essentially high waisted jeggings. Which is fine, if you
don’t mind either looking like a girl playing dress up in her brothers clothes, that have been adapted (by hole cuttin
g) or if you want everyone to see, very clearly that you in fact have glutes and quads – shocker!
The warm up area at competitions (no matter which sport) can be an intimidating place. It’s the first preview you get of your fellow competitors before you head to the start line. I believe that what you wear to do your sport ultimately aids your performance.
If you like what you’re wearing you’ll feel good about yourself
Feeling good about yourself will give you more confidence
You’ll focus more on you and feeling good than your competitors (which is ultimately the aim for a good performance)