Kathryn Johnstone

Name: Kathryn Johnstone
Degree: Msc Strength & Conditioning
Nationality: Great Britain
Target: 100m Breaststroke
In the past two months we've had BUCS and Scottish Short Course Championships. How do you feel the competitions went and what lessons are you taking forward?
My short course competitions went really well. I was happy with my BUCS swims and getting my name on the record books for the 100m breaststroke. My races went well at Short Course as well, getting a Scottish record in the 100m breaststroke and getting to race with my team mates in the relays is always fun.
With trials within your sights, what are you targets in the next few month?
Moving into the long course season, it is important to transfer the skill of short course racing into the important long course races. Starting the year of with a training camp in Australia helps to put in a solid block of work focusing on improving my stroke economy and front end speed.
What is life at swim camp like?
Training camps are always good for focusing solely on swimming with no uni life to worry about. It is a chance to train somewhere different and mix up the daily routine we are used to doing in Edinburgh. It's also a good time for team building and an opportunity to explore the world.
There is a growing emphasis on resting between practices; be it a nap, a good night's sleep, or a just chilling out with friends. What do you do in your down time?
Usually in my down time, I will either nap and just chill in front of the TV. On camps, it's nice to sit around with friends or go for a walk to explore the town we are staying in. With training being the priority of the day, it is important to make sure we don't over exert ourselves during down time.
What is your favorite worst set?
I always find the worst sets to be the long distance sets. I don't find them difficult but it's more of a mental challenge to not switch off and just plod up and down. It's a challenge to maintain concentration and focus on technique, skill and counting lengths!!
Who has made the best/least appetizing camp dinner so far?
We haven't had many dinners yet as we are only a few days in. I think the best we have had is one made by coach Mat Trodden. He made a Korean style, beef stir-fry. Tasted great and was also super healthy and nutritious :-)
You can follow Kathy on her Instagram and Twitter @Kathy_swim

Posted: 11/01/2015