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Day 1: My Journey to the Games

Shelby Watson's Postcard from the Games first blog post Credit: ITV Border

So I safely arrived in Nottingham, after an early rise and a few minor technical issues with the bus! Not that I'm complaining because I got to travel in style with a few of the coaches in the car, and to make it better my team mate even joined me so we had a wee sing song in the car (probably much to my coach's dismay as I can't sing to save my life!)

After a few stop offs at some services, to pick up really healthy snacks such as Maltesers (as much to my dismay, there were no chocolate eclairs! I'm putting a complaint in about that) we where finally on our way!

I wish I was able to let you know the exact length of the journey but if i'm being honest... I fell asleep! I blame the fact that I woke up at 5:00am because I was more than a wee bit excited!

Like any long car journey, we laughed, had fun and complained about the weather, but mostly I just ate my survival pack. Don't be fooled, when it comes to food my teenage cravings overrule my athletic diet! Which brings me to what I had for dinner tonight which was a lovely, buttery jacket potato with a salad because I was trying to eat a bit more like an athlete.

It was really strange being in a room with athletes from so many other countries sitting at other tables, as I found myself being really nosey and looking at their t-shirts trying to work out what countries they were here to represent. It's so cool to be in a room full of world class athletes from all over the globe as I don't think of myself at that kind of level so I just sat there like a mushroom staring and eating!

And this brings me to the nervousness and excitement for the competition! After dinner we were given our rooms which are lovely and there are no roommates so to be honest it's a little lonely but lovely all the same, though I do miss my pink sheets.... and my dog.

More excitement and exploring to be done tomorrow as we have a bed time... yes, seriously! Due to the full-on plan tomorrow we are all to be up early ready for breakfast and training!

Not much more I can say about today other than it's been an amazing first day and I'm super excited.... and nervous! Lots more to come tomorrow and Wilson (my racer) will be unpacked tomorrow ready for training... This is the longest we have been apart..

It's nearly 12 and I think I'm meant to be in bed but I'm eating Maltesers and on Netflix.... The life of an athlete!

Till tomorrow, good night!

Shelby

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