British rower and Jones Lang LaSalle consultant Alan Campbell is a medal hope at the London 2012 Olympics in the men's single sculls competition.
The 29-year-old, who is sponsored by JLL, is currently locked in an intense training schedule with the Games now just 42 days away.
In what little spare time he has been able to find though, Alan kindly agreed to write me a guest blog to give an idea of what it is like to be in training for the Olympic Games.
Here is his first entry:
Olympians are some of the most patient people you'll ever meet. I sometimes don't feel like it as I can get quite frustrated trying to improve the smallest aspect of my sport, but these small aspects add up to produce the personal best performance you can give at the Olympics; that once-in-every-four-years opportunity to produce an outstanding result. Just looking at my own event, the men's single scull, the final race will last around 6 minutes and 40 seconds: 400 seconds in total. During the four years leading up to the race I will have covered over 36,000 km, 800 hours of weight training and 400 hours of cross training. So for each of those 400 seconds in the final race I will have done over 11 hours of training. That's a ratio of 39600:1. Olympians are patient people. Now, there will be a few of you crunching the numbers and over the four years all that training works out at only three hours a day. I'm not going to try and engineer a typical week and try and ham it up for theatrical effect, but just plainly give you my week as it happens. After reading it, tell me if you think I only clock in a three hour day.
Check back in on Monday to find out more about Alan's training.