Pozzi back in training for new season
21st November 2014
Andrew Pozzi is back in training as he prepares for the new athletics season.
The Bath-based athlete has undergone two foot surgeries since May and is back in training in preparation for 2015.
“I’m just doing a lot of balance work and getting my feet used to working again,” said Andrew. “The muscles in my feet and my calves haven’t worked for the last few months so we started off with some walking drills and taking things slowly and not putting too much pressure on my feet at this stage.”
“It’s about not speeding things up but being really thorough and then arriving at my goals”
“It’s the hard work – not all athletes enjoy the training, they prefer the racing. However, ever since I started aged 11, I’ve enjoyed working hard and feeling awful while doing a session because you have that feeling that you have really achieved something at the end.”
The 22-year old has also said that he will take his time to prepare well for the new season and even if that rules himself out of the European Indoor Championships in Prague next year.
“I love the indoors – I have had relatively successful indoor seasons in between the injuries… it’s about not speeding things up but being really thorough and then arriving at my goals.”
“My coach and I are really keen not to make big decisions too quickly. We have to see how my foot responds to training so we have to be quite cautious. We are trying to control the minute details over the next six weeks in particular and then we know roughly what phase we are going to move into depending how this goes.”
The long-term aim will be the Rio Olympics for the Stratford-upon-Avon born athlete, but achieving a solid base in 2015 which includes the World Championships in Beijing is the immediate focus for Pozzi.
“It’s such a cliché but the reason why we do all what we do is in the hope that we get to pull on the GB & NI vest and go to major championships. We’ve got a great team and we are all really supportive of each other. For what is quite an individual sport, the team cohesion is great and I missed it a lot when I was out injured.”
Exactly 100 days since breaking my foot training, I'm off crutches, out of the cast and back into matching footwear pic.twitter.com/Z8M9iWGy1j
— Andrew Pozzi (@andrew_pozzi) August 14, 2014