Pendleton relishing Games challenge

14 May 2012 / 13:03

Olympic champion Victoria Pendleton has said she is in the best shape of her life and cannot wait for the London Games to begin.

Speaking at the launch of the Samsung Hope Relay, which aims to get people to exercise to raise money for good causes, Pendleton said she is feeling competitive.

"Training has been going really well, I'm really pleased with it," she said.

"I took a two-year training programme to build up to the Olympics and I'm really pleased with the way it's panned out, and I think I'm in the best form I've ever been in at this stage. Definitely compared to the last Olympic cycle I'm in better condition.

"I don't really think I could get any fitter. As an elite athlete you're always on the limit, push yourself any further and you could get injured."

With so much anticipation, the world champion said she cannot wait to step out for her first race.

"I'm feeling really positive about it, I just want to get out there now! It's nearly here, I've got a 100-days-to-go chocolate calendar and I'm opening the doors and can see how close it's getting."

With excitement comes pressure as the start of the Olympics draws closer, however, Pendleton is taking it in her stride, adding: "There's a lot of pressure but we've always known it was going to be building, it's a home Games.

"The pressure is not going to disappear and life will be a breeze tomorrow, but it adds to the challenge of what you want to achieve and how you're going to push yourself.

"This is going to be the hardest and biggest event I've ever competed in and I want to do my very best. Everything put together makes for a huge experience."