Cr@p Swimmers R Us

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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!
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
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
WildWill    pirate
22/04/2009 at 06:43
I cant believe people pay for Open Water swimming
22/04/2009 at 21:19

Ta, Will.

Pay for OW swimming? You gotta be kidding. At our local lake we pay 1 Euro for parking, that's it.

23/04/2009 at 22:21


I had my first swimming lesson yesterday. Knackered me it did. I was so tired cycling home that I had to stop peddling and just coast for a bit.

Still, I learnt quite a bit, just hope I can remember some of it. My back crawl is noticeably faster and my front crawl is noticeably more tiring, esp on the legs which I just used to drag behind me for the most part.

I'm a very slow swimmer, I usually swim 3.5k at a rate of 1.5k/hr. Will be nice to improve on this. Maybe just drown all the children in the pool so that I can have a clear run at it.

I don't think that I will manage to read all the posts in this thread - any good sites that I should visit for hints and tips? Any advice on tri's for the uninitiated?

Edited: 24/04/2009 at 17:53
28/04/2009 at 21:21

first outdoor swim of the year tonight, was a bit chilly! Managed most of my planned 3000m session but did my swim down in the indoor pool as was getting a headache out in the cold. Next time I'll take my wetsuit and neoprene cap, good practice.

200m warm up
400m with pull bouy, mix of drills (fingertips, fists, zippers, breathing2nd/3rd strokes).
6 x 100m fast
2 x 800m steady swim
400m easy swim down

when I first went outside there were only 2 people in the water but by the time I climbed out there were about a dozen hardy souls.

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