The 25-year-old has known for nearly four months that he and Luke Patience will be tasked with sailing the sole British 470 boat on the London 2012 waters in Weymouth – and they haven’t wasted any time preparing.
Bithell and Patience travelled to Miami for the first World Cup regatta of 2012, a matter of days after their Olympic selection in January, before last month setting up camp in Palma where they completed their second outing of the year.
In Spain Bithell and Patience were joined by a host of British team-mates – the most illustrious of which three-time Olympic champion Ben Ainslie and gold medallist in the Laser from the Beijing Games in 2008 Paul Goodison.
And, while the two-time world silver medallists will head into the unknown this summer having never experienced an Olympics before, with the likes of Ainslie and Goodison never far away Bithell is adamant they will feel like veterans.
“Since being selected on the Olympic team Luke and I have been doing a lot of team building with all the other sailors and it is like we are one big family,” said Bithell.
“And we are making sure that we are making the most of the advice on offer. We try to ask the more experienced Olympic sailors questions and they are happy to help out.
“Luke and I are inexperienced when it comes to the Olympics but I am always asking Paul Goodison stuff and history proves that the team that gets on the best does the best.
“Some people say that a lot of people choke at the Olympics but I generally believe that for Luke and I it is just a great opportunity and we won’t be thrown by the occasion.
“We know what we want to do. Obviously our main focus point is the Olympics and we will do whatever we have to, to perform there.”
Bithell and Patience will take to the Olympic waters in Weymouth as realistic medal contenders with their second world medal coming back in December in Australia and effectively sealing their place.
Britain have claimed silver in the 470 at the previous two Olympics in Athens in 2004 and Beijing four years ago – Nick Rogers and Joe Glanfield the men responsible for delivering them.
Bithell is well aware of the desire to collect a third medal in a row but insists any signs that the strains of such expectation are showing will be immediately wiped away by team psychologist Ben Chell.
“Pressure is something that I do not think about, the fact that there is going to be a lot of media interest in the Olympics and the sailing means there is going to be a lot of pressure,” he added.
“We have medalled in the 470 class at the last two Olympics but there is no pressure on me – what is pressure? It just means there is something in the background.
“There is nothing Luke and I can do about it and if anyone sees anything of the sorts creeping in, the psychologist will be in to sort that out straight away.”