Olympian Lizzie Simmonds camping as part of training

The Olympic swimmer Lizzie Simmonds has revealed that she recently went camping in high winds as part of her training, in a bid to go the extra mile at London 2012.

Writing for the Metro, Simmonds described how this is not the first time that her trainers have decided that some "extra-curricular" activities would benefit her and the rest of the swimming team.

Over the course of two days camping in England, the athlete said she went cycling, raft building, rock climbing and canoeing in the countryside, resting at night in her sleeping bag in the safety of a tent.

The theory is that this form of cross-training could give the group that extra bit of balance or agility to push them the vital millisecond ahead of their opponents at the Games, according to Simmonds.

Reporting on the trickier parts of her camping experience, she wrote: "I'm standing in the middle of a campsite in Derbyshire, trying to put up a tent in gale-force winds with eight other slightly baffled international swimmers."

Another member of the team to join Simmonds in Derbyshire was four-time Commonwealth medallist Ross Davenport, who described the trip as "brilliant" on swimming.org and said that everyone loved trying out the outdoor sports.

He revealed that he has gone camping before, but this training camp was unlike any other trip he had been on, particularly since the weather made no exception for their sporting status.