In a special column, London 2012 Olympic diver Jack Laugher discusses the perks of living in Leeds, pre-season training and what he’s most looking forward to about Christmas.
The British weather takes some getting used to when you get back from a warm weather training camp in Florida and especially so at this time of year as the days get colder and shorter.
Saying that, it’s always nice to be back in your own house and sleeping in your own bed.
I live in Leeds with my diving partner Chris Mears who happens to be one of my best friends too so it’s a lot of fun. He’s a really good housemate and we usually just chill out and play X Box or Playstation when we get home from training.
We train in the city too which I love because there are so many great divers that train with us too.
When we are all together and working hard we drive each other on because you can see how much the others work. That motivates you because you know that you have to match them and be at the top of your game.
Leeds is a brilliant city and there’s a big student population but we never really get tempted to go out partying or anything like that.
When I was a teenager that might have appealed but now it’s too much effort.
If you go out it takes time to recover and it just ruins you for days afterwards so now I don’t really see the point in it all.
I’m just focused on training and being as good as I can be. I can’t do that if I’m out all the time – not to mention it’s a waste of money!
My diving is going great at the moment but the training is really intense because the season starts quite soon.
We are training a lot ahead of the first competition in January and working hard at both our diving routines and in the gym as well.
It’s a bit like pre-season training in football at the moment so there is a lot of hard work to do.
Fitness and strength is important because once the season starts it’s all pretty manic so it’s important to get the hours in now.
The dives I do this season will be the same as the ones I did last year but I’m hoping that I can improve my strength and technique.
I’m trying to refine my skills and make sure that I’m improving all the time because I feel I can get a lot better.
I think that every year I have improved and I’m still young so there’s no reason why that can’t continue.
Although everything is gearing up towards that first competition in January, I have to admit that I will be tempted to have a bit of a break at Christmas.
I can’t wait for the festive season to really get going. It’s always a great time to be around those that you really care about.
I don’t get to see my family too much due to my diving commitments so it’ll be nice to catch up with them.
My sister is away at university and my gran lives down south so to see them will be really nice.
I’ve lived away for a long time because of diving so I’m used to it but it’s always nice to get back for Christmas and just eat loads.
Christmas Day is probably one of my favourite days of the year as it’s the one time where I do allow myself to just pig out on all the nice food.
My mum is an awesome cook and does an amazing Christmas dinner so I might go back to training a bit heavier.
I will treat myself a bit but after that it will be straight back to hard training!
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