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WildWill    pirate
17/04/2009 at 13:16
short drill session today of

Drill session
400m W/U
2 x (
100m Catch Up
100m 1-armed
100m Finger tip drag
100m fist drill
300m Breathing drills
300m Warm down

17/04/2009 at 21:03

club training tonight:

800m easy warmup

400m technique drills with pull bouy - 100m pull only, 100m open hand/fist, 100m fist/open hand, 100m pull only.

4 x 300m (100m breathing every 3rd and 4th stroke/100m fast/100m with only 4 breaths every 50m)

2x 200m fast

400m warm down.

17/04/2009 at 22:24

still trying to perservere with better technique

swam a 1500 in 30:40 and a 1k in 20:20 this week. took a few lap times and found that it still works better the more I concentrate on technique and slowing it all down. Was far less exhausted too.

reckon I'd be quicker in a longer pool cos my turns are slow.

17/04/2009 at 23:09


I keep get cramp in the bottom  of my feet after swimming between 20 to 30 lengths on an 33 metre pool.  Any advice on prevention this?


IronNina    pirate
18/04/2009 at 10:13
JDM, I used to get this and put it down to dehydration / loss of salt so I always take water with a Nuun tablet in to the pool now and haven't had a problem since.

Doing the swimathon today: 5k in aid of Marie Curie Cancer charity. This will be the longest distance I'll have swum - wibble, wibble! I shall be a shrivelled soggy lump by the end of it but will so enjoy the pizza afterwards

18/04/2009 at 12:29
Relax your feet.  You may be tightening the muscles without realising.
18/04/2009 at 20:59
have had advance notice that our trainer has  a 1000m TT planned for Tuesday night - gulp!
OrangeCannon kona-4    pirate
20/04/2009 at 20:18

any tips on how not to lose count of the lengths I am swimming?

exercise turns my brain to jelly.......

WildWill    pirate
20/04/2009 at 20:41

U-IW ... go for it

IronNina    pirate
20/04/2009 at 22:01
OC I've got a little lap counter which fastens on your index finger - really good as long as you remember to press the button when you get to the end!
Did my 5k swimathon in 2hr15mins - delighted with this! and I wasn't the slowest

20/04/2009 at 22:30
Orange, you could also try doing it as:
ONE (two three four)
TWO (two three four)
THREE (two three four)
etc - with the first number being the "hundred" you're on, and the 2-4 being the lengths making up the 100s. If that makes any sense? Although really there's little need to endlessly churn out masses of lengths - better to do short intervals really - although obviously I appreciate that you might want to do 800s or even 1000s sometimes.
21/04/2009 at 06:51
I use a lap counter as well when I need to keep count of distance, they don't cost all that much and I've been using mine for about 5 years with the same battery. You soon get used to pressing the button with your thumb at the end of each lap.
WildWill    pirate
21/04/2009 at 14:04
just back from the pool ... im struggling to get down to 30 mins for my short course 1-mile ... 31:45 today (although i may have gone 2 length over) ... but i felt a lot strong than that
21/04/2009 at 15:35

The day I can do that I'll buy everyone a beer!

(pretty safe on that one) 

21/04/2009 at 15:36
My OH has a best of 26:15 for 1500m though.
Edited: 21/04/2009 at 15:37
21/04/2009 at 15:36

Edited: 21/04/2009 at 15:37
21/04/2009 at 21:26

When we last did a 1000m TT 6 weeks ago I swam 25:04, which was then my PB.

Tonight I swam 23:20 for a massive PB! Am over the moon. May not seem like much to the speedy swimmers on here but to me it represents success after a lot of hard work. Shows my training is going in the right direction.


IronNina    pirate
21/04/2009 at 21:58
Really well done UI, that's a brilliant effort
OrangeCannon kona-4    pirate
21/04/2009 at 22:03

 thanks for the advice on lap counters - i'll look them out. 

I was a (lost) swimmer for the last x years.  I am currently swimming 1500m -> 1900m for a 1/2 iron man in 9 weeks, with the aim to do 4k for an IM next year.

At the moment I am just trying to be happy doing a distance of 2k....


Anyone swim in the serpentine?? for £20 a year this looks a bargain compared to the £4.40 a go at my local (rubbish)  25m pool.

Is it recommended before I shell out my money?

WildWill    pirate
22/04/2009 at 06:42
Well don IronWolf ... a great time and PB
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