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Differences in Time-zones, the weather and food are some of the areas Rachel Stringer and Richard Peters will cover as they play the field!
TSC: What do you like best about the sport of your choice?
Rachel: The training and sociable aspects of it. Racing, travelling - I love it all
Richard: The challenge. you can't blame anyone else for your performance. people involved in the sport are among the friendliest i have met and a good laugh
TSC: How many hours a day do you spend on training on an average?
Rachel: 1.5 hrs a day
Richard: Around 45mins a day
TSC: Have you participated in any international events before these games?
Rachel: 2007 European Youth Olympic festival; 2008 Celtic cup
Richard: European Youth Olympics 2007 (6th in 1500m); world schools xc
TSC: Is there a mental side to your preparation?
Rachel: The CYG are at the end of the summer athletics season and so you have to peak twice in one year. Also you have to be prepared for different time zones, heat and food.
Richard: Definitely. I believe running is 75% mental therefore without preparing yourself, getting in the right mood and motivating yourself it's unlikely you will perform
TSC: Do you follow a strict / specific diet plan?
Rachel: No - just eat sensibly
Richard: I eat pretty much whatever I want as long as there is a lot of it!
TSC: Any regular exercise / relaxation regime that you follow apart from training - eg. gymming, jogging, yoga?
Rachel: No but I'd like to start yoga
Richard: I go to the gym to train lifting lighter weights in large sets 3 times a week
TSC: Is it important where you are playing? Do you think it would affect your performance?
Rachel: No - the track is always the same so it shouldn't affect performance
Richard: Although performing in different climates can be challenging part of being a championship performer is rising to that challenge. It can affect you but if you are determined it won't matter
TSC: What are your expectations from the event?
Rachel: To make the final and possibly come back with a medal
Richard: To be competitive
TSC: What's on your agenda after the games?
Rachel: I've just started studying at Loughborough University, so to focus on my degree and get some good winter training in ready for next season.
Richard: Hard training in preparation for the cross country season.
Some Fun Stuff
TSC: Someone you wish you could have brought along with you for the games?
Rachel: Everyone in Block A at Loughborough.
Richard: It's nice to have a break sometimes so probably no-one
TSC: The car/bike you drive/ride? one that you would like to own in the future?
Rachel: Black Corsa / Suspension Bike. Audi A3
Richard: I don't drive but I've always wanted an Aston Martin dbs
TSC: Favorite film?
Rachel: The Parent Trap
Richard: Shooter, Anchorman, Lord of the Rings, Forrest Gump (can't decide)
TSC: Favorite cuisine?
Rachel: Italian food and Drumstick Lollies!
Richard: Roast dinner - already missing it
TSC: Favorite other sport?
TSC: You would never leave home without?
Rachel: My shoes!
Richard: Mp3 player and saying goodbye and where I'm going (my parents worry a bit too much!)
TSC: Favorite computer game?
Rachel: The SIMS
Richard: Counter Strike source
TSC: Favorite pastime?
Rachel: Going out - fresher's week at Loughborough was pretty good fun!
Richard: Playing sports with my mates, mostly basketball