European champion and Commonwealth silver medallist, Lynsey Sharp talks to us about training 6 days a week, jet lag and targeting medals.
Can you tell us a little bit about your background?
Both my parents were international athletes so from a young age I spent a lot of time around athletics tracks. I wanted to get stuck in as soon as I was old enough to do so!
My event is the 800 metres. Typically, I compete between May and September each year. I compete at international meetings such as the Diamond League, European Championships, Commonwealth Games and, of course, the Olympics.
I train 6 days a week, twice a day. This usually involves a mix of running exercises across different terrains at varying intensities. I also do at least 3 gym sessions a week and throw in some bike sessions for good measure.
What is the hardest thing about your sport?
I live a very simple lifestyle and it is difficult to have much of a social life or to make spontaneous plans. But it is worth the sacrifice to be able to travel all over the world doing the thing I love as a career.
What has been your proudest moment in sport to date?
Medalling at the European Championships and Commonwealth games would have to be right up there as my highlights. Also, holding the Scottish 800 metre record of 1 minute 57.71, which I ran in 2015 is a great achievement.
If you weren’t competing in elite sport, what would you be doing?
I graduated on 2012 with a Law degree so I would probably be using that in some way.
What are your goals for 2016?
The first step is to qualify for my second Olympics. Once I have achieved that I will be looking to work hard with the aim of winning a medal at the Games.
Mammoth mattresses are known for their health benefits, particularly for people recovering from injury or looking to make performance gains. How important do you consider rest time and recovery as part of your training regime?
Rest and recovery are so important. I put my body through a lot during the day so I need to use night time to recover as well as I can for the next day of training. I definitely notice when my quality of sleep is better, as I feel much better throughout the next day. I try to aim for about 8–9 hours sleep per night.
What is your preferred sleeping environment?
I like to open the window to allow fresh air in during the night and I try to make the room as dark as possible. This is particularly important when I am away from home and am struggling with jet lag. It’s hard to ensure the same conditions when you move around as often as I do, so it is important to be adaptable and deal with the environment. But I do really miss my Mammoth when I am travelling and I can never wait to get back to it.
How did you find out about Mammoth mattresses and what attracted you to the brand in the first place?
Mammoth was recommended to me by other athletes who had already purchased a mattress and had been sleeping on one for some time. I have had some back issues in the past and so I wanted to make sure that the place where I spend the most time in a day was the best it could be for my performance.
I bought my Performance mattress from Colourbank in Leicester where I received a great service.
If you could have a (purely platonic) late night chat with anyone, dead or alive, who’d be worth losing sleep over – and why?
Ronda Rousey – I love her attitude and outlook on life.