Cr@p Swimmers R Us

Swimming Support Thread

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07/05/2013 at 12:50

Blisters, I've been having lessons since last last year, I couldn't swim at all before then. Something seems to have clicked recently in that I've gone from a few strokes to a full length so I am sure that the rest will come, I just feel exhausted after a length.

07/05/2013 at 13:48

That's really good going there GraemeK - just think last year you couldn't swim at all - now you can - I would be uber proud of myself if I was you.  Swimming fitness is different to running or cycling - or at least that is what I have found.  Once I got my breathing sorted and realising that going slower actually meant I swam faster (contradiction I know but it's true) my swimming improved markedly.  

Could you try the drills where you do 1 stroke, 1 breath, 2 strokes, 1 breath, 3 strokes 1 breath etc up to 7 if you can manage it? Or get a flutter board and go up and down the lane superman styles just practicing the breathing part until you get confident?

07/05/2013 at 17:19

The river was 16 degrees last night.  Time to ditch the pools guys, in favour of open water.

07/05/2013 at 19:49

Slowing my legs right down and breathing out slowly, full lengths breathing every four strokes. Easy.

Blisters    pirate
07/05/2013 at 23:35

I hear you Caz. I'm just a bit nervous about jumping into a river when nobody knows where I am or when I'm supposed to be home.

Oh, and if you've ever seen the state of the River Severn you would not want to go in it. Chocolate coloured, tidal, goes like a train, and has full trees floating down it. That's on a good day. On a bad day it gets angry.

I fancy the Avon, and there are lakes around.

PSC    pirate
08/05/2013 at 05:52

It is too cold for OW at the mo.  You can practice OW skills now though, particularly sighting. Every other stroke look up and forward. 

Edited: 08/05/2013 at 05:53
Blisters    pirate
09/05/2013 at 17:30

Despite what PSC and several of our club members have said, I decided that it was time to explore the outside world.

Following a recommendation I went to the Bristol Open Water place. The water is 5 foot deep, but milky looking from the natural clay in suspension. The swim course is 650m unless you follow my wake trail.

Today, it was blowing a hoolie, the temp was probably 12 degrees. With a gimp hat I was lovely and warm, but a bit constricted. So, I tried out with just a Pirate swim cap. Ice cream head for 150m. Interestingly, by the end of the second lap I was actually getting warmth and life back into my finger tips. Bizarre. Oh, and the waves were somewhat interesting...

Fun though, AND NO CHLORINE.

As for sighting, yes, that is an area that needs some practice. I was beginning to realise that one stroke of breast every so often could be seamlessly sneaked into the stroke pattern by just leaving the leading arm stuck out there until the other one comes along.

10/05/2013 at 11:48

Well done Blisters your lake sounds rather more intimidating than mine.

I'm getting on nicely with a thicker than normal swim hat, enough to help stop brain freeze but doesn't make me claustrophobic either.

Evening swim on Wednesday highlighted the fact that I need really tinted goggles for Outlaw, my girly blue tint ones didn't help in the slightest with the low sun.

I'm slightly torn as OW means I'm not doing anything like the distances I was doing in the pool. Think I might still need a pool session once a week just to keep up the swim fitness. then 2 OW swims each week to try and get the hang of that.

I really don't help myself, at the point furthest away from the bank my mind suddenly replays jaws for me. yeah that was helpful. Got over that and it switched to remembering all the river monsters programs my hubby so enjoys watching.

Arghhh!

Blisters    pirate
10/05/2013 at 15:54

Ha Ha AliBear! I agree about the distances, and my wife did rather point out about my 2 laps being "less than a mile", implying that a mile was the bare minimum target for getting a cossie damp.

Anyway, next time I'll try to remember the BODYGLIDE.

10/05/2013 at 16:06

Ouch!  Chafing to add to your Blisters?

14/05/2013 at 20:01

Had a great swim this morning managed 4 sets of 4 lengths with a short rest between sets, the first time I've managed more than 2 lengths at a time, was tough at first but I really got into it, I just forced myself to keep going, my breathing was really hard work but the last set was great, I had to stop to go to work but could have carried on.

I think it clicked today

Blisters    pirate
14/05/2013 at 22:44

JPG, it's great confidence boost, isn't it?

My earliest aim was to get my swimming to a level where it was the equivalent of jogging. Keep up the practice and aim for smoothness.

15/05/2013 at 11:04

Blisters, its really boosted my confidence, I did my first spinning sesion last night after a 5k jog to the gym, I felt like a proper triathlete, now I can see improvements begining to happen. This mornings swim was tough going but I kept up the 4x4 sets, Friday is my big swim sesh, 1 hour, hopefully I can keep it up.

Blisters    pirate
17/05/2013 at 22:41

Lake swim again tomorrow. Bodyglide (and gimp hat) packed.

Dustboy    pirate
19/05/2013 at 23:24

Am going to swim again soon, not trained since October. LOL! Think I might need a crash course int he local pool before stranding myself 750M out from the landing stage at Thorpe.

Blisters    pirate
19/05/2013 at 23:28

I got propositioned by an elite swimmer from our club, an ex-Team GB elite who now coaches and teaches. She wants to start from ground zero with me, but not until I've done my IM in September. Now there's a challenge.

20/05/2013 at 18:15

What a good offer Blisters.

DB, I went to Thorpe at the weekend, only the 400m loop open as it was so cold (12degrees). the water was clear though.

Blisters    pirate
30/05/2013 at 19:58

Swimmed tonight, in the pool, and by comparison with the outside world it was neche. 2.5k in 1h06. Not fast, but it was at least a done deal. Endurance is something that one needs to keep repeating.
Started off in the empty fast lane in order to avoid the bobbing bodies in "medium", but then some regular swimmers arrived and I moved down one. By that stage there was just one breast stroker left, and she thanked me because I made sure that she kept her effort level up!

31/05/2013 at 09:36

Thats great going Blisters, I swam last night 4 x 6 lengths and pushed it at the end to see how far I could go, I managed 14 lengths before they chucked us out for closing, I was being overtaken as usual by the old lady's doing breast stroke but I felt great at the end 8 lengths was my record before last night, I felt quite emotional, lord knows how I'll react when I complete my first Ironman.

Big day tomorow, I'm getting my first wetsuit, hopefully I can hold back the tears

Blisters    pirate
31/05/2013 at 10:01

JP, It's perfectly possible to go from zero to hero in 6 to 12 months. All you need is a swimming teacher/coach, and the dedication and belief that you can make improvements. I was going 3 times a week for short sessions in the early days, then I've made each one a bit more focussed as I've got stronger and more comfortable in the water. It's still an alien environment though.

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