Bachelor of Commerce student Ben Treffers (centre) won gold at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Photo: supplied.

Bachelor of Commerce student Ben Treffers (centre) won gold at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Photo: supplied.

Travel journal: Glasgow

Bachelor of Commerce student and competitive swimmer BENJAMIN TREFFERS takes a journey to the top step of the podium at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

For me studying and swimming go hand in hand. I can't do one without the other.

Being a member of the Australian swim team during a major swimming meet is electric.

Each swimmer has individual goals and is striving for success, creating an environment that is highly driven.

This was the case in Glasgow at the Commonwealth Games.

As an athlete, my training schedule includes 10 swim sessions of around two hours, and three gym sessions of an hour per week.

A typical Friday would see me wake up at 6am, have a snack, head to the pool for 30 mins of stretching and abs then swim for up to two hours.

I would then eat breakfast at the pool and head into the gym.

After the gym, I would go home quickly and have lunch before either studying or attending university. I am back at the pool around 3pm for a high quality or race simulation session.

Having attended the Word University Games last year, I had an inkling of what to expect in Glasgow.

The sheer size of the competition is quite overwhelming. There are around 8,000 athletes at the Games, all living in close quarters. It means that it's busy all the time.

Everyone has their own agenda, and it is critical that you remain focused on what you need to do, because there are a lot of distractions.

With other sports in action, athletes from different countries and the village to explore, the atmosphere is intense but cheerfully vigorous.

Immediately prior to the Commonwealth Games, the Australian swimming team had a staging camp in Manchester to help us adjust to the time zone and prepare.

During this period, there is a lot more rest and relaxation, as we try to recover and rest before competition. My sessions progressively get lighter, as we taper to race.