Max Litchfield's preparations for Glasgow 2018 have been tough.
After a shoulder injury last year he was told it was going to be a slow process to get him back to fitness.
And despite a place on Team England at the Commonwealth Games, he felt he was not quite in a position to race at his best. But now he now feels he is ready after months of working hard in both the pool and the gym to rebuild his strength..
Having made his competition comeback at Sette Colli in Rome, the British Record holder in 200 and 400IM events is now ready to compete in front of a home crowd at Glasgow's Tollcross International Pool.
The Sheffield based 23-year-old said: "The last time I competed in Glasgow was for the Commonwealth Games and that was amazing - it is just so loud in there!
"You really feel the home advantage and it's great to be able to have that as an extra to push you along. You really sense they are with you.
"But I will treat it the same as any other race - do the best I can and hopefully that will be good enough for a medal."
Max's comeback from the SLAP tear in his shoulder has taken almost a year - feeling it just before the World Championships in Budapest.
Litchfield added: "I probably started back a bit too quickly after coming back, but that is something you learn from.
"I just needed time to let it recover, and felt I might have been able to compete at the Commonwealths, but in the long run I think it was better I didn't go.
"It was great that Joe went, so I was still able to support him from back home."
Joe will be competing at this week's Summer Championships at Ponds Forge in Sheffield. But Max insists there is only healthy competition between the siblings.
Max will be competing at Glasgow 2018 in the 200m IM on August 5th then the 400m IM on the 9th.
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