Team GB Olympian Modern Pentathlon, Joe Choong, talks to us about his training routine and how he likes his coffee.
We’ve been speaking to some of the GB athletes who are currently competing in Tokyo about their chosen sport and how coffee plays a big part in their routine. Read on to hear from Team GB Modern Pentathlon champion Joe Choong
Joe recently won the Modern Pentathlon World Cup gold in Sofia. Joe set the fastest time in the swimming and secured second spot in the fencing in Bulgaria. Modern pentathlon starts Thursday 5th August at 8:30 (BST).
Here's what Joe had to say:
How did you get into your chosen sport?
I started doing the schools biathlon when I joined secondary school, and from there I was encouraged to pick up shooting, then fencing then horse riding until I was ready to compete in full pentathlon events.
Do you play any other sports?
Not any more! Five is enough! I used to be a swimmer before I took up pentathlon, and played a lot of rugby as a kid.
What is your daily schedule like during the build up to the Olympics?
Usually we have 3/4 training sessions a day - typically we would run at 9am followed by a swim at 11am. Then a few hours off before an afternoon gym session and fencing.
Who do you look up to in sport?
I think Usain Bolt is awesome the way he’s so chilled before competitions, and obviously all his medals, but really I’ve always wanted to be my own athlete with my own achievements.
On average how often do you train?
Around 25-30 hours a week - 3-4 times a day.
What are your top 3 biggest achievements?
Finishing the 2019 season as world number one, 2019 World Cup final gold, becoming an Olympian at Rio 2016.
What advice would you give to someone wanting to get involved with sport?
You can always look up local teams and clubs online, and make sure to remember why you started it - for me it’s because I still love sport and just enjoy it.
What is the best thing about being part of a team?
The time spent with your best mates training every day and the memories we make travelling and competing together.
What part does coffee take in your routine?
On mornings and afternoons before a tough training session I’ll make myself a coffee to get me really awake and ready for the session!
What is your favourite go to coffee?
Aero press or a strong espresso - depending on how much time I have!
Quick fire questions:
Latte or Americano? Americano
Filter or espresso? Espresso
Cow’s milk or alternative? Cow’s milk
Caffeine or decaf? Caffeine
Cafetiere or machine? Cafetière
Iced or hot? Hot!