Training in Corsica

The physical training was tough. But there were no randoris.

Last month, from 14 to 19 of June, I attended a special training camp just for the women’s Olympic teams in Corsica. We were there together with four of our training partners. To be honest, I had mixed feelings about going for this camp because I was reluctant to leave my comfort zone (i.e. Paris) but in the end I enjoyed it.

This is Blandine Pont, who fights at -48kg. She’ll be my sparring partner for the Tokyo Games. She’s a member of the same club that Clarisse Agbegnenou and I belong to: “Red Star Club Champigny”.

We did a lot of fitness work and there was technical work too but no randoris. The physical training was tough. Fortunately, our physiotherapist was there to help out — between and after the training sessions.

We didn’t have a lot of time for recreational stuff but we did manage to go on a water scooter once. It was a lot of fun.

The hotel we stayed, a very old hotel, was right in front the sea. The scenery was beautiful. Our stay there was quite funny. When the folks there found out we were part of the Olympics team, we were bombarded with question and a lot of people wanted to take pictures with us.

Despite my initial reservations about this camp, I ended up really enjoying it. The training was tough but I felt quite relaxed at the same time. I also had my teammates with me and we really had a good experience training together.