The All New PPPBPB
(Post Pregnancy Personal Best Personal Best)
First up huge congratulations to Anthony Joshua for his rock solid defence of the World Heavyweight IBF Boxing belt last night in London. I was fortunate enough to be there and he put in a commanding performance. It’s been a good weekend for Sheffield based athletes.
Like all competition days it started sitting around, eating breakfast, wondering what was in store over the next few events. In light of our conversation yesterday, although Jess put in some strong performances, I felt it unlikely that a personal best was on the cards. Wrong again. Toni, understandably, is very pleased when I speak to him. Jess achieved a long jump of 6.63 metres, her all time best. I point out to Toni that Jess has created a new category,
“First you had the PPPB, now you’ve got the PPPBPB”.
“Yessss. The PPPBPB”.
“Have you been keeping your powder dry or was that a surprise for you too?”
“I always knew she was capable of a jump like that. Today she really ran for it, she went for it and that was the result. It’s good.”.
Toni continues, “The javelin could have been better than it was but it was solid. Also, Jess was throwing into a headwind which didn’t help. You’d always want to be throwing with a tailwind”
Getting Ready to Throw
“What happened with the eight hundred?”
“We were slightly ahead of schedule so they moved the race forward and the heavens opened. It absolutely poured”.
“Is it right they played Blue Danube over the tannoy system?”
“Yeah. I nearly waltzed onto the track centre”.
Toni starts to hum and for some reason the scene from Disney’s Fantasia springs to mind (the part when the water rises and the mops and buckets come to life).
“So she finished with 6733 points?”
“Yes, the best since coming back from pregnancy. Another PPPB”.
Wherever Jess goes the cameras follow
The Coach to Rio is purring along at the moment but Toni knows this is a marker and a guide to fine-tuning their preparation for the Olympics. It’s a very positive marker but a marker nonetheless. I ask Toni what he plans to do now,
“The BBC asked me if I was proud. I told them pride was a sin…”
“First I have to get back to the hotel, shower and get my glad rags on for the ‘do’ back here later on. When I say ‘glad rags’ I mean jeans and tee shirt.
Then, probably tomorrow or Tuesday, when I’m in a data wave mode I’ll reflect on what needs to be done”.
“Any celebrating today?”
“The BBC asked me if I was proud. I told them pride was a sin. Look, I’m happy but this R is for Ratigan not Rio. Jess finished today with six-seven-three-three. I’d have been happy with six-six but, that said, we still have work to do. There’s still things to improve on, decisions to be made about what competitions are right as part of that progress.
Jess With the Press
We’ll put Jess in a box for a week now so she can rest and we’ll lose half a week before Rio. That gives us a block of five weeks to work and get in the best position we can”.
Back to training it is then.
Over the next couple of days we’ll be meeting a couple more of the team whilst Jess and Toni deservedly re-group. I’ve also been promised some films from Toni that he couldn’t upload over the weekend due to the poor availability of wireless. There’ll also be answers to some of your questions.
Finally, for anyone who has been reading the blog for a while you’ll know that we’ve been asking the team a few questions about training with Toni (and some random stuff too). Here are Jess’ responses:
What’s the first thing to enter your mind when you wake up on a training day?
Oh I’m tired haha
Tell me your favourite Toni story.
Hmmm this needs some thought
Who trains and who complains the hardest?
I think everyone in the training group trains incredibly hard and puts everything into training. Equally I think most people love a good moan and complain about sessions too (me included) but in a strange way that sometimes helps you get through those tough sessions.
What’s your favourite / least favourite type of training?
Favourite – hurdle training least favourite – 800m sessions
If you could have any superpower – what would it be?
The ability to heal (especially niggling injuries 😉 )
What’s your typical meal and snack line up on a training day?
Snacks- cereal bars, fruit and haribos
Describe the perfect 2016 for you.
Career wise a would love Injury free training from now on up into the Olympics and to defend my Olympic title (I may be dreaming a little bit there, ha)
Quick fire round:
Favourite training music?
Jay Z generally most RnB hip hop.
Favourite chocolate bar? (if you have one!)
Favourite film and why?
Can I have three….
Green Mile (just a classic, really emotive film and love Tom hanks) Django (very cleverly put together, has a bit of everything, plus Jamie fox and Leonardo DiCaprio are amazing in it. And Wedding Crashers (love a comedy).
My family – the people who are closest to me.