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Fiona Hughes: My life as a Cross Country Skier

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November 27, 2013 15:55 pm

What do Cross Country Skiers who dedicate their lives on qualifying to compete at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games actually do? We catch up with Team GB hopeful and Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic athlete, Fiona Hughes, as she gives us a run down of what life really is like on the road to Sochi 2014:

 

When I say: I’m going skiing

What my friends think I do: Alpine skiing. Catching chair lifts up the mountain and skiing down again.

What I actually do: I ski uphill, downhill and along on skis which are 4cm wide.

 

When I say: I’m going training

What my friends think I do: Going for a 20min gentle jog around town.

What I actually do: I’m going for a 3 hour rollerski session, or an interval session involving 25mins of rollerskiing as hard as I can.

 

When I say: I’m going to the gym

What my friends think I do: Going to the gym to use the rowing machine for 15mins and the cross trainer for 15mins, whilst conveniently positioned in front of the TV screen.

What I actually do: I’m going to do a weights session where I’ll be squatting over my body weight, and tying weights around my waist to make my pull ups harder.

 

When I say: I’m going to France on a training camp

What my friends think I do: That I’ll do a bit of training, and then will have lots of spare time to see all the local sites and spend the nights visiting the bars and clubs nearby.

What I actually do: I’ll be up by 8am every morning and will train up to 25 hours in the week. I will probably spend the majority of the rest of my time eating or sleeping between sessions, with a trip into town on my rest afternoon.

 

When I say: I’m just going to have a small tea

What my friends think I do: That I’ll have a pita bread and maybe an apple.

What I actually do: 150g of rice with a large portion of beef chilli and salad. As an athlete, I’ve always got a big appetite!

 

When I say: It was really cold whilst I was away in Sweden

What my friends think I do: It was 2 degrees outside but it was ok because I spent most of my time inside.

What I actually do: It was -18 degrees outside, and I was outside training for a couple of hours a day.

 

When I say: I have a lot of luggage to travel with

What my friends think I do: I have a small wheelie suitcase which is full, and maybe a full handbag too

What I actually do: I travel with a large kit bag filled to the airlines’ weight limit (23kg), and I have two ski bags weighing about 20kg each.