Our latest interview features the face of our FiT swimwear campaign, 24-year-old Jessica Eriksson. Hailing from Sweden, the blonde beauty trained at Uddevalla Sim before moving to Australia, training with Somerset Swim Club.
With many races under her belt, Jessica focuses on the 50m and 100m breaststroke. In asking Jessica the below questions, we received a greater insight into the mind of a pro athlete!
How long have you been swimming for and what motivates you to keep training every day?
I´ve been swimming since I was 8 years old. What keeps me motivated to keep training every day is the feeling you get when you reach your goals and improve. No better feeling than when your hard work pays off
What has been the highlight of your swimming career so far?
When I won my first international medal at University Games in Taipei.
How do you balance training and everyday life?
It is always important for me to let go of training as soon as I get home. When I am at the pool I am 100% focused on the job but I think it´s important to be able to switch off and relax outside of the pool.
What does a typical ‘day off’ training look like?
A day off probably starts with a coffee and a good breakfast at a café somewhere. Then I would most likely spend some time at the beach with people who are important in my life, and then finish the day by watching a good movie on the couch.
What does health mean to you? Why is it important?
For me, the first sign of good health is that you are happy and enjoying life. For me, mental health is always the most important thing. It is also important that you eat well and work out, but again being happy is the number one priority.
What helps you deal with stress or anxiety before a race?
I often think about all the hard work I have put in and that the body knows what to do. I also try to enjoy the whole experience of racing and not focus too much on the time on the board.
Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions?
I always do a long dry land warm up before I get into the pool. I always use the cord to do some resistance work in my warm up. My only superstition is that I always wear two hair ties under my cap.
We asked Jessica some quick fire questions too!
Favourite type of dryland training?
Favourite workout song?
One thing you can’t live without?
Favourite pre-race meal?
Last thing you binged watched on Netflix?
Instagram or Snapchat?
The one with the love heart eyes!
Pizza or Pasta?
Tea or Coffee?
Avo Toast or Acai Bowl?