The World Relay Championships are the current focal point of training for James Ellington, whose training group has chosen the Disney ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, in Florida.
The 29-year-old, who competed over 200 metres in the London Olympics, was part of the successful British 4x100m quartet which took bronze in the first World Relay Championships last year.
The 2015 event again takes place in the Bahamas, on May 2-3, and provides an early-season chance for national teams to gain qualification for the major championships later in the year, in this case the World Championships in Beijing this summer.
James said: “This is the beginning of the competition season for me and I’m out here with my coach Linford Christie and his training group.
“We normally come out to get three or four weeks of solid, quality training at end of our winter preparations as we look to start the season. I’ve come here to fine tune my training for the season.
“Our main competition at the end of it will be the World Relay Championships,” said James. “We just want to get qualification out of the way.”
James was part of the British quartet which came third behind Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago in the World Relays last year, a competition which he felt was hugely beneficial.
“It was like a non-pressured environment,” he explained. “There is pressure, of course, but it just felt like the pressure was off and it was a good chance to bond with other members of the team early in the season.”
James has gone to the 220-acre multi-sport complex in Orlando for this training block with Christie and the rest of his training group including Nigel Levine and Margaret Adeoye. They we will be joined by Richard Kilty, the world and European indoor 60 metres champion, in the next few days.
“Linford is a good coach for making you work your butt off!” said James of the strides he is making to reach not only the World Championships this year but the Olympics in Rio in 2016.
“He is a great person to coach you and to have around off the track – you have to get along with your coach. He’s the best coach I’ve had in terms of someone I can get along with on and off the track.
“Over the last couple of months I’ve been doing longer runs in training which are good for the endurance for 200 metres, so I’m looking forward to the season now.”