ADAM Peaty is experiencing the unfamiliar since his breathtaking Olympic success – an extended break out of the water.

The 21-year-old from Uttoxeter became Britain’s first male Olympic swimming champion since Adrian Moorhouse in 1988 with victory in the 100 metres breaststroke on August 7, and claimed relay silver a week later.

But he has not been in the pool since as he celebrates his Rio achievement.

Peaty said: “I haven’t touched the water since that last relay swim. It’s going to hit me hard when I get back in. I’m looking forward to the grind, to getting back into the schedule, because my days are very strange at the moment.

“When you end a 28-year drought of male swimming gold, things go a bit crazy.

“It’s all about enjoying these next five weeks and then hitting it hard for next season.

“I’m going to chill out now and enjoy it. It’s so important just to relax now.”

Peaty has a date scheduled for an Olympic rings and British lion tattoo.

“I’m getting my tattoo on Monday, so I can’t even go in the pool if I wanted to,” he added.

And he will return to training in October after his longest absence from a swimming pool.

December’s World Championshipsin Windsor, Canada are a possibility, while the long-term plan is defending his 50m and 100m breaststroke, and mixed medley team relay titles at next July’s World Championships in Budapest, when 200m breaststroke is likely to be on his schedule, too.