Jessica Ennis says she is only just coming to terms with the "most manic" year of her life as the dust finally settles on London 2012.
Ennis was the poster child for the Olympic games on home soil last summer, leading the way by bringing home gold in the Heptathalon; one of 65 medals won by Team GB.
That represented the team's most successful tally of medals since London hosted the games in 1908, while for Ennis, who was named as the World Sportswoman of the year at the Laureus World Sport Awards last week, her gold will be forever remembered as part of Super Saturday where Greg Rutherford and Mo Farah also claimed gold medals of their own in quick succession.
The Sheffield native, who is also planning her wedding to fiancee Andy Hill, says the past 12 months of her life have been chaotic - but revealed she learned a lot about herself amidst the madness of a home Olympics.
It made me really disciplined,” she told the Times. “You have to do your homework on time, and you’ve got to be ahead at school, because you’re training in the evening and competing at weekends. I have a madness for structure now — I have all my days ticked off, a programme to stick to, so I know exactly what I’m doing. Sport gave me that.
“This has been the most manic year of my life, with the Games, everything before and after, and having a wedding to plan, too. People want you to do everything and even if you say you’re busy, they find ways of trying to persuade you.
She added: "I have needed to make sure everything is structured and organised, particularly before the Games, when the priority was to be in the shape of my life. I didn’t want to look back and think I shouldn’t have done certain things. It has been difficult, but it has been fun, too. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime moment. I want to enjoy it.”
A by-product of Ennis's success has of course been increased fame and recognition, something she admits can be something of a problem.
“Sometimes people will point at me and don’t know what to say,” she joked.
“They just say your name. That’s a bit awkward.” How does she deal with it? “What can you do? I just smile.
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