Cr@p Swimmers R Us

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20/01/2009 at 12:33
Ultra-Ironwolf wrote (see)
Neil - I've never had a real chance to qualify before, as I'm not that fast but I just moved up into W60 this year. There is only one other woman entered in our age group, and she is 64. Therefore I have at least a 50-50% chance of the qualifying slot - if I win then of course the slot is mine by right, if I'm 2nd and the other woman doesn't want to go the slot rolls down to me. She was the sole W60 last year and declined the Kona slot,

Thats brialliant, just need the sex change and a couple more years and I'm on my way.  Oh yes and the two of you to decline.   How do the cut of times vary to the other IM's youve done.

Apologies to others, this is off thread again, but we are looking at the other end of the range.

20/01/2009 at 16:19

Meg, I think you're starting to embrace all things tri.  Tell me I'm wrong...

I have my 3rd swimming lesson tonight, looking forward to it but I haven't been to the pool since my last lesson so will probably be a bit crap!

GOM.    pirate
20/01/2009 at 16:28

If that is the case, why not try and get there a few minutes earlier to just go over what you did in your last lesson. Would be a good way to refresh your memory of both your mind and muscles.

Don't do a massive session just 5 - 10 minutes, this will help you warm up for the lesson, and make you think about the key points from the last session.

20/01/2009 at 16:28

Neil - very similar times.

Tri club swim tonight - I'll report back as usual afterwards on the session.

20/01/2009 at 16:44

this week's training plan is for a step back week -

Mon massage
Tues easy swim day
Wed 13km hill run
Thurs 4 bike sprints followed by long hill climb
Fri weights/core exercises
Sat tri swim race 1000m
Sun brick - 3 hours bike ride followed by a 15km run

Next week has a high intensity run, a 3000m swim, a bike turbo RPM workout,  Cooper swim test (distance in 12 minutes), 3hr bike/10km run brick, 2.5km steady swim

20/01/2009 at 20:10

16 lengths in 18 minutes tonight.  Mostly front crawl now, but with a few breast stroke lengths every now and again.  Considering I could only do half a length of front crawl a few months back, this goes to show that if you persevere at it, it will come.  Just keep going...   My kids were having a lesson on the other side of the pool and my daughter reported seeing a really long trailing bogie in the pool, a plaster and another solid bogie. 

Keep up the good work and for goodness sakes will you all blow your noses before swimming.  I thank you...

20/01/2009 at 20:36
Really good lesson tonight. I'm beginning to do the right things with my shoulder but my elbows dont' seem to be bending properly, if that makes sense   Anyhow, I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to getting back in the pool on Friday to practice again.
Dustboy    pirate
20/01/2009 at 23:00

Double arseburgers with cheese on, missed me swim coz I flicked the wiper switch on the car and they had frozen, cue bent arms, splines and wiper parked on bonnet. French rubbish.

just got in from strip down of the wiper bits and rebuild, Bah.

21/01/2009 at 00:19
GOM. wrote (see)

If that is the case, why not try and get there a few minutes earlier to just go over what you did in your last lesson. Would be a good way to refresh your memory of both your mind and muscles.

Don't do a massive session just 5 - 10 minutes, this will help you warm up for the lesson, and make you think about the key points from the last session.

Because before my lesson, there's a 'Ladies Only' hour!  I was half in before my first lesson and one of the women told me in no uncertain terms that "it's Women only, thank you very much!"  Needless to say, I haven't even tried to go in early since then!

The lesson was OK tonight, I feel I did well.  The teacher had us swimming virtually non-stop, I was knackered!

21/01/2009 at 06:16

last night's club session:

800m warmup (200m crawl/200m crawl with pull bouy/200m catchups/200m catchups with pull bouy)

500m of technique drills

3 x 400m (200m crawl, 100m backstroke, 100m breaststroke with two leg kicks to 1 arm stroke).

100m fast, 4 x 50m fast , 100m fast, on 10 secs rest.  

600m cooldown, every 3rd length dolphin kick or backstroke. 

Total 3400m

21/01/2009 at 08:23
Colonel, there is a ladies only evening at my pool.  But there is not a men only evening.  I don't understand why women should have the whole place to themselves one evening and the men don't.  It's all a bit stoooopid isn't it?    Why can't anybody just go for a swim when they want to? 
adbru    pirate
21/01/2009 at 08:40

Hi Guys,

Rubbish swim class last night

Due to petty politics at the pool the 'coach' was NFI . There was a program written on the board and we were left to get on with it....

I will miss next weeks class anyway due to night shift but I think I'll get my mates lass (she is a swim coach) to give me a 1on1 lesson next week instead.

I ended up doing about 1k, tried some different stuff (for me), including FC fists and swimming with only one arm - by gum one armed swimmers have my respect !


21/01/2009 at 09:51
I totally agree Blondiee, it's blatant sexism.  But, there's nothing I can do about it so sod it!
21/01/2009 at 11:33

Good morning everyone

I too had a crap swim - both last night and this morning  It seems the only time my swimming is any good is if I put my fins on. I managed to do about 800 metres doing drills but I feel that when I put it all into practice it doesn't feel fluent!

I have started to use a pull buoy to help me have a stronger pull - buy boy do I find this hard with both balance and body roll.  I have it stuck between my inner thighs  and do not use my legs -any ideas on what I'm doing wrong with it?

21/01/2009 at 11:53
I wouldn't get too reliant on fins if I were you, otherwise when you take them off you may find it didn't help too much. Using them now and again is fine. With the pull bouy, do you have your head up too high? that could be creating an imbalance as your legs are naturally higher in the water.
21/01/2009 at 12:09

Thank you IW - Yes I think I'm already too reliant on my fins, as when I take them off the swim doesn't feel as fluent. My head could be possibly too high as when I get to the end of 50 metres after using the pull bouy my lower back feels so stiff and achey!

I may have another go in the pool tonight - any suggestions on drills or technique IW?

21/01/2009 at 12:33

Marina, I've just read your question from a couple of days ago.  I had a whole day of one to one with Glen.  It wasn't cheap but was worth it.  I think he'll do an hour or try one of his workshops.


In case anyone cares............ the swim clinic I went to at the weekend with Cassie Patten was excellent.  She pointed out some things I need to work on so I'm hoping to see some improvements over the next few weeks as I put the changes into practice.

21/01/2009 at 12:40
Marina - why not just go for a swim and not worry about drills? I try and mix up sessions between working on technique and simply going for a swim, which seems to let things click without constantly worrying about things. It is during these more relaxed sessions that I often find that things come together.
21/01/2009 at 12:41

Thank you MW - it sounds like just what I need! I have sent an enquiry via the website
 and hope I hear back from them soon

Your swim clinic that you  did sounds fab - where did you have to for that?

21/01/2009 at 12:44
Yes you're probably right Maxpower - I think I'm trying too hard - with thinking about the technical side of things and not being relaxed enough and enjoying the swim!!
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