With the countdown continuing and the momentum building, the UK Anti-Doping Agency has been working with all Commonwealth sports, delivering workshops to potential Games competitors, and it is always good to have a refresher session.
The anti-doping list changes regularly and accidentally taking the wrong nasal spray with a banned substance can be disastrous, so this ensures that athletes are fully aware of the consequences of a failed drug test.
Being tested is a bizarre experience from start to finish. First, you are informed that you have been selected for a drug test and that you are required to provide a urine sample. Unfortunately, this usually happens about five minutes after you have been to the toilet. From that point on you are not allowed to leave the sight of the tester until you have provided a sample.
After sitting in the waiting room with the other athletes being tested, drinking bottles of water for what seems like an eternity, you begin to wonder if you are ready to fill the 75ml that is required. The last thing you want is to stand there practically naked with your new friend watching and not be able to perform, or even worse, start but not have enough to reach the 75ml.
Having experienced this nightmare at the Northern European Championships in Iceland in 2001, I can assure you that there is something very emasculating in taking the walk of shame back into the waiting room, head down and cup only half filled. Mocking eyes are on you, judging, before the barrage of verbal "encouragement" begins. The nightmare continues, as you can't leave the waiting room until you have completed your mission.
Once you are convinced that you're ready to go, you are asked to select a sealed cup and lid and then strip from nipple to knee to give your sample. The tester watches closely to make sure the sample comes directly from you.
If you manage to perform first time and fill the cup above and beyond the 75ml you go back to the waiting room and your fellow athletes walking like a champion returning proudly from a well- fought victory. The stressful part is over and you need only a steady hand to divide the sample into two sealed glass containers to avoid any contamination before filling in the paper work.
You have to inform Wada (the World Anti-Doping Agency) where you are going to be one hour a day so the tests can be done at any time, but usually at your home, training gym, national squads or competition.
If a tester turns up and you are not where you are meant to be, it will be a failed test. This is a bit of a nightmare when you are moving around all the time because you have to keep going online to change your location. I decided I would put on the form that I would be at home between 6am and 7am every day and they turned up one day at 6am on the dot.
After the test is finished you then have to wait a few weeks while the sample is tested and you receive a letter saying your test was all clear.
Due to my increased work load over the summer, I have been spending more and more time in the Emirates Arena getting physiotherapy and sports massage on a painful left wrist, which is stemming from tightness in my forearm and trapezius, and on my lower back due to an old stress fracture in my lumbar spine.
Trying to control this pain with ice, stretching, rehab and anti-inflammatory gel is a long process so with my next selection competition, the London Open, only two weeks away, I am making it a priority to get fixed as quickly as possible.
Rehabilitation exercises are one of the more strenuous parts of the process, performing movements that look relatively easy but are insanely difficult, challenging smaller muscles that are often weak because larger muscle groups overcompensate; for example, starting from a lying down position and sitting up raising only one vertebra at a time to strengthen my core. Children often come over confused as to why I'm having such difficulty sitting up when I swing on the apparatus easily.
Now the summer holidays are over, I have resumed work in my schools and returned to my reduced training schedule. Training over the summer was pretty intense. We were lucky enough to have some of the gymnasts from South Essex up training with us in Glasgow for a week, including double London Olympic medallist Max Whitlock. I have known Max since he was very young and have trained and competed with him often but haven't seen much of him since my retirement.
Watching him train four years on was amazing. His focus, skill and physicality were very impressive and aged only 20, he will have a lot more to offer in Glasgow next summer and the Rio Olympic Games.