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Perri Shakes-Drayton


23 July 2010

On the eve of the European Athletics Championships, Perri Shakes Drayton - who starts her campaign over the 400m hurdles on day one next Tuesday, reviews her season so far and her thoughts before transferring to Barcelona.

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Training, racing, Christmas and meeting Becks!

User AvatarPosted by Site Administrator at 3/2/2011 5:34:46 PM

2011 has come around so fast. It seems like only yesterday I was reflecting back on Barcelona and thinking ahead to the new season. Three months into my third and final year of uni, I’ve been really proud of the way I’ve been managing to split my time between lectures, coursework and training. My coach is great in that he understands the importance of my uni commitments and as such we make sure training is structured around this, but at the same time, we still apply the same level of intensity it's just we’re careful in making sure everything fits in, and not one thing is prioritised over the other.

On a lighter note, I attended BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year shortly before Christmas and had a brilliant time. It was great being in the same room as stars past and present from all different sports, but seeing David Beckham in the flesh was the biggest highlight!

Christmas was lovely, even though I was in charge of feeding ten of my family members! I also enjoyed a quiet New Year's Eve with a few of my friends and had a really nice birthday. Amongst all the different celebrations I stuck to my word and was still training whilst my coach was away having a family holiday - much deserved after all his hard work and dedication.

As far as indoor season plans are concerned, we’re looking at keeping it short like last year and focusing on the 800m to keep improving my endurance. I ran the South of England Championships the other week where I finished first in a time of 2:11. On the whole I felt good but the 800m is not easy so I was hurting a bit afterwards! The only other competitive action I will see will again be an 800m at the Aviva Indoor UK Trials, after this my training will be re-focused on running the 400m and concentrating on the technical aspects of hurdling where I must continue to improve as it is here where I can shave most off my current PB.