Set to compete in the Commonwealth Games for Team GB in April, we were lucky enough to catch up with track and field star Morgan Lake. Having competed in the Rio 2016 Olympics, smashing her record and achieving a personal best, we wanted to know more about her training and competing schedule.
As if that wasn’t enough to keep her busy, Morgan is also currently undergoing a degree at Loughborough Uni so she was the ideal candidate for Verge to get some top tips for all our readers in balancing uni life!
You have had some great results recently, so a big congrats! Tell us about training life now you are now readying yourself for the Commonwealth Games.
For these next couple of weeks I have a hard training block before I fly out to Australia. The first week in Australia will be all about acclimatisation, getting used to the environment and shaking off the jetlag!
Having gained a personal best in Rio, what is the next goal? How will you stay focused to achieve this?
I didn’t achieve a PB in Rio but it was nice to jump well under the pressure of an Olympics! The next goal for me is the Commonwealth Games and I keep my focus by still loving what I do and always challenging myself to get better at every competition I compete in.
Can you tell us about your degree?
I am currently studying Psychology at Loughborough, which I find helps me in athletics as it enables me to focus on things other than training.
We have quite a large student audience at Verge. Can you share any advice to them on how you get the right balance with pro-level training and lectures etc.?
I try and keep to a manageable time table, and stay relatively organised as I feel that helps me give the right balance I need to manage the demands of training, competitions, lectures and exams.
Australia is soon approaching; tell us the plans and goals for the Common Wealth Games?
Well the first plan is to qualify, getting through the first round and to the Final. If I do that, then the plan in the Final is to be clinical, stay focused and it’s always handy in my sport to clear the bar on your first jump, so I’d like to do that too.
What advice would you give students studying and trying to achieve their own personal goals? What has been your key to success?
Not getting too stressed and being able to compartmentalise different facets of life, so you don’t get too bogged down with one thing. I always find I’m at my best when I feel I’m on top of things, working hard and I’m having fun. It’s important to enjoy what you’re doing.
What do you do in your down time? Do you find having hobbies and outside activities crucial to keep the balance?
Don’t really get a lot of downtime, but when I do I always try and hang out with my friends and family, catch up on Netflix and generally relax and unwind.
How does drinking Red Bull benefit you when you’re training?
Well I train 6 days a week, so as you can imagine it can get pretty tiring. So to keep my focus and stay alert, I find a Red Bull helps me achieve this. It is really useful for me when I compete, and it has now become part of my routine. I always drink it about 10 minutes before I’m about to compete, as it gives me that kick I need and will take sips throughout the competition to keep my energy levels up.
What can we expect from you in the near future?
Commonwealth Games and the European Championships this year, IAAF World Championships in 2019 and the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, so it would be great to qualify and do well at all of these.
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