Louise Hazel admits a heptathlon personal best is on her pre-Olympic wish-list but insists she won’t be bending over backwards to ensure it is ticked off by August 3.
Unlike most, the Birchfield Harrier enters the outdoor season safe in the knowledge she should earn selection for London 2012 having hit the Olympic A standard in Germany last July.
The 26-year-old recorded a score of 6,166 on that occasion and is targeting next month’s TNT-Fortuna Meeting in the Czech Republic as an event where it could be bettered.
Also playing a key part in Hazel’s Olympic preparations are the Aviva 2012 Trials, where she will take to the start line in the 100m hurdles as well as the long jump and, potentially, the javelin.
And, while craving a lifetime best to set her up perfectly for London, Hazel’s focus is on fine-tuning all seven of her events rather than producing a flawless performance.
“In general ahead of the summer I am just excited and thinking about the process. I am not worrying too much about the results at the minute – I think that is the best way to go presently,” said Hazel.
“I have got the A standard in the bag but I would like to go and secure another personal best in the Czech Republic to boost confidence.
“At the minute I do feel like I am dusting the cobwebs off but it is early and you are going to feel like that.
“It is hard not to get carried away but I am just going to be really patient and take every competition as it comes and build on each one.
“I’ll probably do the hurdles and long jump at the trials and maybe javelin if I am let in. It is always nice to get a good competitive hurdles race in.”
Hazel competed outdoors for the second time this year at the Loughborough International on May 20 – winning the 100m hurdles and finishing tenth in the long jump.
Her only other appearance was in the shot-put at the Birchfield Harriers Open in April and Hazel admits she is slowly but surely getting herself into competition mode.
“My long jump at Loughborough was solid and I was just working on my run-up until the last round when I concentrated on getting my competition head on,” she added.
“Prior to that my mindset was in training mode but the aim of the game was to just dust the cobwebs off and put a few things in place technically and generally just get ready for the outdoor season.”
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