Weights, steak, cud­dles and crum­ble

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When I’m film­ing The Gad­get Show I don’t get through the front door of my Ge­or­gian town house in Bath be­fore 10 o’clock at night. The show’s very high-en­ergy and I’m al­ways ex­hausted by the end of the week. I’ll make a chicken stir-fry and chop ev­ery veg I can find and put it in a wok. Within five min­utes it’s done and dusted and on my plate – that’s my style. I’ll put my feet up in front of the tele­vi­sion and watch some­thing I’ve missed dur­ing the week like Speed with Guy Martin. He’s a TT racer who does all th­ese crazy chal­lenges. By 11 o’clock I’m in bed.

A lie-in for me is wak­ing up at about eight on a Satur­day morn­ing. I’ll try and be lazy and stay in my py­ja­mas for a bit. I’ll have a cup of tea and make some scram­bled eggs with smoked sal­mon. Then I’ll go to the Cross­Fit gym in Bath and do a mix of weights and cir­cuits. I’ve got to be care­ful with train­ing be­cause my body is quite in­jured from my pre­vi­ous life as a skele­ton racer. I’ve got a lot of disc prob­lems and my knees are re­ally bad. I’ve had mul­ti­ple op­er­a­tions and haven’t got much car­ti­lage left in my knees.

After that I’ll walk into town. It’s only five min­utes to the cen­tre. I’ll see who’s around and go for a bite to eat. I might meet up with skele­ton ath­lete Rose McGran­dle at a café like the Bos­ton Tea Party where you’re squashed in like sar­dines. We’ll look at the week­end pa­pers and chill out and I’ll try to give her my lit­tle words of wis­dom. After that I might do a bit of shop­ping. If I need a dress I’ll head to Reiss. The girls in the Bath shop know me and they’re like, “Right! Quick! Let’s get you a dress!”

My fi­ancé, Craig Ham, would be hang­ing out with me and join­ing in. He’s in the Army and I met him on Tin­der. We’d both been on the dat­ing app for only a day. We matched each other, got chat­ting – and that was it. He drove to Bath the next day. All my friends love him and we’re get­ting mar­ried in Au­gust.

We might spend the af­ter­noon watch­ing Eng­land play rugby. Bath is a big rugby town and I used to train with the Bath rugby team. I have never in my life watched a foot­ball game but luck­ily Craig is like me and more into rugby so we’re well matched.

On Satur­day nights we like to go with the flow. We’re quite im­pul­sive. If noth­ing’s hap­pen­ing and we’re re­ally tired we’ll go to bed at 10 o’clock but we might equally look at our watches and go, “Oh my word, it’s two o’clock in the morn­ing!”

Greasy spoon or Miche­lin star? Miche­lin star.

Beach hol­i­day or ski slope? Beach hol­i­day. I hate the cold!

Tango or Vi­en­nese waltz? I can’t dance but I’d love to learn tango.

Roger Moore or Sean Con­nery? Sean Con­nery. I’m a big early Bond fan. iPad. I like proper books, too.

Most fright­en­ing mo­ment? When I had to jump into ice cold wa­ter in the Arc­tic for TV show 71 De­grees North.

Favourite pop­corn movie? Pretty Woman.

A-list stars you dream of meet­ing? Brad Pitt and An­gelina Jolie. They’re a very in­spir­ing cou­ple.

Some­times I’ll have a bunch of friends over for din­ner, but more of­ten than not I’ll put on a silk top, skinny leg­gings and heels and wan­der into town with Craig to meet who­ever’s around for drinks and din­ner. We like the Hud­son Steak­house which does melt-in-the-mouth steaks. Or we might drive out to Cas­tle Combe, where there are lots of lovely places to eat.

I’m usu­ally quite happy to do the driv­ing and let Craig have the drinks. I love driv­ing my elec­tric car. When I was com­pet­ing I spent my en­tire life trav­el­ling in air­planes around the world which isn’t very good for the en­vi­ron­ment so it’s a good feel­ing to know that you’re driv­ing around in a car that has no emis­sions or fuel and can just be plugged in at night.

On Sun­day morn­ings I might get into my car and go and have a lit­tle cud­dle with Noah, my two-week-old nephew. After that Craig and I would prob­a­bly go for lunch with my par­ents who live just out­side Bath. My grandma lives with them and likes to have a tra­di­tional Sun­day lunch. My mother al­ways makes a very good ap­ple crum­ble. After that we’ll get into our wellies and burn off the calo­ries. In my child­hood Dad would put his walk­ing boots on after lunch and say, “Right, we’re off!’ Five hours later we’d still be walk­ing. I still love it. The thing that’s re­ally miss­ing from

Bath, my home town Dogs of all kinds Coun­try walks Mynephews and nieces

Art my life is a dog. I’ve wanted one since I was a lit­tle girl and my friends know me as “dog sit­ter Amy” be­cause I’m al­ways happy to babysit other peo­ple’s dogs. I almost bought a Hun­gar­ian Vizsla but then I got the Gad­get Show job and re­alised I’d be go­ing up and down be­tween Bath and Birm­ing­ham, where the stu­dio is, and trav­el­ling abroad a lot, which wouldn’t be fair. But as soon as things qui­eten down I’m go­ing to get a dog of my own.

Nei­ther of us re­ally sleeps on a Sun­day night. Craig of­ten has to get up at five on Mon­day morn­ing to get to his Army camp an hour and a half away. And I might have to catch an early train to Birm­ing­ham. But I do go to bed think­ing how lucky I am de­spite all the trav­el­ling, the early morn­ings and late nights. I love the ad­ven­ture and crazi­ness of my job. One mo­ment I’m on a sofa do­ing lines to cam­era, which scares me a bit, the next I’m on a bi­cy­cle fly­ing in the sky with a para­chute.

Amy Wil­liams is a GoUl­traLow.com am­bas­sador demon­strat­ing the ben­e­fits and cost sav­ings of the ul­tralow-emis­sion Nis­san LEAF

Go with the flow: after her busy tele­vi­sion sched­ule dur­ing the week, Amy Wil­liams has no set rou­tine at week­ends, un­like the days when she was com­pet­ing in the Olympics, be­low left

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