Cr@p Swimmers R Us

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21/05/2009 at 08:41
Good advice Will - think I'll use that idea for the next OW race.
Farnie    pirate
21/05/2009 at 08:54

Matt, FWIT, I thought it was valuable ie the fact that you reverted back to BS to get your sighting correct, and that no matter how good a pool swimmer you are OW is quite different.   But then you sort of spoiled it by stamping your feet because nobody patted you on the back for your post.

I don't think people post on RW for people to thank them, I think it out of a genuine want to help.

21/05/2009 at 09:12

Farnie - it does appear that way but honestly isn't. I'm happy for someone to tell me I'm talking total merde - just wanted some form of interaction in something I tried for the first time at the weekend.

It's all very well talking about exact swimming drills in a pool but those often seem to fall to bits when you hit the water (from lifeguarding days).

I think Nam's comment was completey unnecessary.

WildWill    pirate
21/05/2009 at 09:16
iv always found the key to swimming fas is slowing it all down .. i swim slowly but move quite quickly ... if i try to really push it the extra speed is not worth the extra effort

LAst year i managed 4-miles (OW) in 1:55 ... but my 1-mile TT was not at a very much faster pace
21/05/2009 at 09:20

Will - similar here. I was really worried about the swim - lost sleep over it in fact. I tend to swim like a nutter with a good fast pace but run out of puff too quickly. Slow but powerful strokes seem to make all the difference.

I reckon most that I managed to "outswim" would annihilate me in a pool (ended up 4th on my category) but that bit of OW experience made up for it and shocked the hell out of me.  No, not looking for praise of a pat on the back, just think it could be helpful for others.

At the same time I'm keen to get better - people like Will are ideal for that sort of advice it seems!

Farnie    pirate
21/05/2009 at 09:21

Its the trouble with the written form Matt, maybe a or a might have helped.

But I don't think Nams comment was particularly harsh, she can be much more caustic than that

wait for it......

21/05/2009 at 09:26

Farnie - sorry, not a big emoticon user - maybe I should get into them a bit more?!

Nam can be more caustic? A great "attribute" I'm sure.

What's the point though?! 

(is that better?!) 

Farnie    pirate
21/05/2009 at 09:29

getting there

but the point of my was I didn't mean it, I was just saying it to get a reaction from her.

Anyway, sorry for the thread hijack, 

I am off OW swimming tonight, I fecking hate it, but in a its quite good sort of way.  It scares the bejeezus out of me

21/05/2009 at 09:31
I will be OW "swimming" with a big "float" (a 6'2" surfboard) this weekend - looking like good waves on the way
Farnie    pirate
21/05/2009 at 09:32
now if I could pootle round on one of those, I would be v.happy
21/05/2009 at 09:40

>picks up dummy<

>dusts it off<

>hands it back to Matt<

21/05/2009 at 09:44

***Gives it back to nam as she's given me her dummy by mistake***

Easy error to make when in such a rage.

21/05/2009 at 09:54

You could have at least said thank you.

>puts dummy in gob and gets on with job<


5x500s this morning... shite time but it got done...

apologies for the interlude everyone...

please let the thread get back to normal.  thx.

21/05/2009 at 09:57

Sorry - thanks. My dummy is now firmly back in depsite the dust.

Anyway, anyone ever swum in the sea before?

21/05/2009 at 09:58
yes only twice though.....eeeek!
Farnie    pirate
21/05/2009 at 09:59

yes it made me sea sick.

which suprised me

but I don't know why (it suprised me)

Do those bonnet type things actually work whenyou swim OW, do they keep you any warmer?

21/05/2009 at 10:06

My open water "experience or lack thereof consist of...

  • about 15 minutes in Bala lake last year (first OW ever)
  • about 30 mins in Porthcawl sea x2 (about 11 degrees when we went in April)
  • about 20 mins in Ponsticill reservoir (9 degrees!!)

It's something I SERIOUSLY need to practice as I get huge anxiety issues being far from shore, having no visual feedback from underneath me etc.

Have a proper training session at the Serpentine with a friend the weekend before Bala and other offers of help...  it's a real sticking point...  must HTFU!! >gulp<

21/05/2009 at 10:09

I'm the total opposite - open water - can swim for ages without too many problems.

Pool swimming - not only do I get sinusitis from chlorinated water (nose clip keeps falling off too!), I just CANNOT get my pace steady enough and end up going too fast and then suffer near oxygen starvation!

It's really odd and a pain for training!

Farnie    pirate
21/05/2009 at 10:11
It it only a 400m course at Boundary, but it is like being blind.  I got so freaked out by not being able to see I swam BS pretty much all the time
21/05/2009 at 10:39
Any of you swim with a dog? We have a black lab - basically a seal with ears. Have swum for 3/4 of an hour non stop with her and she was still up for more. Amazing swimmer!
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