Jonnie Peacock interview

How are your preparations for Rio coming along?

Good. I've learnt a lot over the last couple of years. I had a few setbacks and road blocks with injuries last season but I've been working hard with my coach and we're looking ahead to next season. Until then it's difficult to get a good idea  of how things are progressing.

Can you please breakdown an average week of training for you including sessions, drills and any gym work?

I train 6 days a week. Usually I do 3 running sessions and multiple gym sessions, involving leg lifts and a lot of lower body exercises, as well as cleans and shot throws to work my upper body.

What's the single most effective aspect of your training?

Sprint sessions, working on my starts and acceleration out of blocks. I love running, so those sessions are what keep me motivated to keep improving and pushing myself. 

What supplements do you use (if any) and why?

Before races I have a pre-workout supplement drink with caffeine. As a sprinter, I tend to eat more protein rather than carbs.

You're the best in the world at T44 100m. If you were to set your sights on another discipline what would it be and why? 

It would probably be either 200 metres or long jump. Obviously both involve sprinting, so it would be much easier to adapt to than if I decided to run a marathon.

Going into competitions after London 2012 were you worried that the lack of home crowd support would negatively affect your performance? If so, what did you do to get over that?

London was an incredible and unique experience, in terms of the crowd and support. Its success put Paralympic sport on the map and it's meant that wherever I have competed since I've had fantastic support. I was slightly worried at first but I think the opening cermony changed a lot of minds and created a real buzz around the olympics. 

What are your pre-race rituals for psyching yourself up?

Listening to music. I like a bit of Eminem, or anything with a big heavy beat.

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