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the games are almost here!

posted on July 24th, 2012 by rosie

Helen Glover

Helen wearing her cosy Seasalt Studio Sweat in Bold Breton French Navy

Everyone at Seasalt HQ is looking forward to watching the games and cheering on our Olympic Rowers. Helen has give us the low down on her last few days before it all starts:

Just a week away from the Olympics now and things are getting very exciting. I am currently in Varese, Italy. We have just returned from a picturesque river in Germany from our hard work camp. We will return home in a couple of days and by then we will be very ready. It may seem bit odd that we would train abroad for a race at home but we have gone away as the important thing at this stage is to get some really hard training done with minimal risk of interruption from bad weather. I think it is also good  to be away from the hype and media attention that goes with the biggest sporting event in the world!

As those of you who have read a few of my blogs will know the life of international Rower mostly involves hurting yourself with some of the most brutal training imaginable in amazingly pretty locations. The training camp we have just returned from in Germany was exactly that. Myself and my pairs partner Heather trained very hard. We feel very fortunate to have got some sunshine in the last few weeks and I try not to by too smug about it when I talk to anyone at home!  My only complaint about Germany is that the hotel is on a bit of a hill just up from the river. We cycle to the river in the mornings and it was really nice to roll down what seems like a gentle slope on the way to rowing. The problem comes when we crawl back onto our bikes having rowed the best part of 30 miles and lifted what adds up to several tons in weight. I can tell you it is far from fun and the hill is definitely not a gentle slope!

 So now it’s on to Italy. Here we will still be training hard but our focus will go onto sharpening up for the racing. The big day is coming around very quickly and it seems like the nation is starting to get very excited about it. I know everyone in team GB cannot wait to represent their country on home soil. Myself and Heather will be racing our heat on the 28th July at 9.30- I have had some great support (especially from my proud Cornish support team!) and I am sure I will feel like Cornwall is with me on that start line. Seasalt has been a great supporter over the last year and I do feel most at home on training camp when I’m lounging around in one of their stripy tops! 

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