Pendleton: I am in peak physical condition

LIFETIME member of Mildenhall Cycling Club Victoria Pendleton believes she is in the best shape of her life ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The 31-year-old has undergone a rigorous two-year training plan which she says has left her in peak physical condition and she is itching for the start of the world showpiece.

“Training has been going really well, I’m really pleased with it.

“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.”

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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.

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“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.”

After some disappointing performances in the past, she said she is even more determined to cherish the experience of competing for her country on home turf.

“I’ve had bad experiences in competitions, in Athens I was really disappointed with my result so I felt really negatively about the whole thing.

“After that I had to change my approach and decide to enjoy everything about it, where we’re staying, what we’re eating and wearing, being part of a team.

“I want to take it all in because sometimes you’re so involved in your little area of sport you forget you’re on the team representing GB at the Olympic Games, it’s a pretty special thing.

“I want to look back on it for the rest of my life and just think ‘wow’.”

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