Clitheroe’s Olympic modern pentathlon silver medallist Samantha Murray explains a typical week of training and what she gets up to in her spare time.
The winter months may be drawing in but there’s no rest for us summer sport athletes.
For me that means a lot of lengths in the pool and long distance runs but it’s all about getting the training under your belt for the new season.
In truth I don’t mind it and we have a really good training environment at the University of Bath.
It’s quite a full-on schedule so, on Mondays, I will usually start at 9am with a run and then go in the pool –then after lunch we will do shooting practice, fencing lessons and then gym exercises.
Tuesday will be fairly similar and on Wednesday mornings we normally have a running and gym session, while in the afternoon we might do a recovery session like hydrotherapy.
We’ll do more fencing on Thursday morning, then swimming and shooting in the afternoon. Then on Friday it’s another swim session, then working on the shooting and running combined discipline after that and finally gym in the afternoon.
There’s still training on a Saturday morning, which will usually be a hard run, and then we’re free for the rest of the weekend.
Away from training I’m normally pretty tired from the week’s work but I like to spend my weekend with family and friends.
A lot of them live back in Lancashire, so I don’t get to see them very often as I live in Bath.
But they sometimes come and visit and Bath is such a lovely city, especially at this time of the year too as we get closer to Christmas.
I really enjoy languages. I’m trying to learn some Bulgarian at the moment as my friend is getting married in her hometown Sofia next year.
Next weekend we’re actually off to training camp about two hours outside of Budapest.
It will be general training but fencing-focused too and there will be athletes from different countries there so it will be good to practice against some different opposition.
I’ve been going there every year for the last five years and it’s pretty remote, which is why I think the coaches like it, so we don’t get distracted.
If we get the downtime we’ll try and get in Budapest for a day trip, but there’ll also be a lot of DVD and film watching in the camp.
I’m a bit of a fan of the Vampire Diaries and Ian Somerhalder who is one of the American actors in it – I’ve started to follow him on Instagram! I love his character in the series.
A few of my teammates will watch the medical dramas like Grey’s Anatomy but I tend to get a little bit queasy.
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