Portaferry athlete Ciara Mageean hopes to have an extra month’s block of excessive altitude coaching in Switzerland earlier than dealing with the potential of being cooped up in her room through the Olympics.
Mageean goals to journey to the Swiss Alps on 21 June though the continuing uncertainty means plans can change.
“This the Covid world. I hope it goes to plan,” Mageean, 29, advised the BBC’s Good Morning Ulster.
Mageean has already had a latest altitude stint in St Moritz.
“The altitude coaching has been improbable. I really feel very fortunate to have gotten away final month for a month of altitude coaching in St Moritz.
“Being an lady born at sea degree in Portaferry, it offers me a little bit of a shock to the system heading as much as the mountains however it’s completely breath-taking not solely with the excessive altitude but in addition the views after all.”
Report-breaking runs in 2020
Going to altitude within the early summer season final yr helped set her up for a surprising collection of performances as she grew to become the primary Irishwoman to interrupt two minutes for 800m and in addition smashed Sonia O’Sullivan’s 27-year-old nationwide 1,000m file.
Mageean was unable to take care of that kind in her closing races on the European circuit final summer season and issues additionally did not go completely to plan throughout this yr’s indoor marketing campaign however the county Down lady is upbeat as he approaches an Olympic Video games that she anticipated to compete in final summer season.
“I attempt to hold optimistic. For me personally, I really feel it was an additional yr to get fitter, quicker and stronger.”
The center distance star is aware of full effectively that Tokyo goes to be a really completely different expertise to her first Olympics in Rio in 2016 when she was ready to absorb the native tradition and the “village environment” in addition to specializing in her efficiency.
“For all of us [athletes] there are an terrible lot of unknowns nonetheless. The Olympic Federation of Eire attempt to hold us as knowledgeable as they will however they will solely replace themselves at any time when they get the data.
“We’re not even certain ourselves what it may seem like as soon as we get within the village. If we’re going to be requested to remain in our rooms, in our residences, in simply the village.”
‘Rio had its challenges as effectively’
The ravages introduced by Coronavirus may also nearly actually imply that athletes heading to help team-mates – significantly in different sports activities – will most certainly be a no-no in Tokyo.
“I do not typically get to see different sporting folks compete so it is all the time thrilling to exit and help your counterpart in one other sport. However look….it’s how it’s.
“Rio had its challenges as effectively with the Zika virus and the concerns round that. Each main champs or Olympic Video games has some fear round it so we simply adapt and we overcome like all people on the market in these occasions.”
Within the build-up to the Video games, Mageean has additionally been concentrating on maintaining herself as mentally bullet proof as doable for the pressures which an Olympic Video games inevitably deliver.
“I personally work with a sports activities psychologist recurrently to maintain the highest two inches of my physique tuned and be ready and prepared.
“It is vital to talk to folks that can assist you overcome the challenges that you’ve got confronted.
“I chat to her about feeling nervous going into the Video games and coping with that stress of the most important race of my life and it is one thing I actually have to arrange for.”