Cr@p Swimmers R Us

Swimming Support Thread

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Blisters    pirate
08/12/2013 at 20:57

LBP, well done on the improvements.
Ghostess, very well done. I dream of lane promotion, but know that it will be a long way off. Today there were 3 of us in the Lane 4, and I was pleased to report that I was second slowest.

We were focussing on the power bit of the stroke. As my stroke has no power at all and my legs dangle like concrete lamp posts it was interesting. I guess that I'm also over-rotating my head when I breathe, because coach wouldn't have mentioned it otherwise.

08/12/2013 at 21:19

1800m swum at lunchtime today - as usual on Sunday there was a youngster in the fast lane, I think she's only about 10 and she swims like a fish! I can't keep up with her even with fins on.

Blisters    pirate
15/12/2013 at 23:57

Swimming tonight was chalked up as being a very easy session.
3 sets of 150m, building pace/power in each set, with 15 sec rest.
150m with the pull buoy float
repeat the 3x 150.
However it was stopped at the pull buoy bit, and Coach chalked up an End of Term relay race. Mixing up the talent from each lane- I got to swim Lane 1, (child-like grin), along with a fish and Mr Powerhouse. Time to put on the Game Face.

Race 1: medley.
Race 2: Swim 50, Swap T shirts race
Race 3: Swim with two large paddle floats.
Race 4: Swim with a Woggle Float.

We only won every event! I must say that I certainly felt the pressure of eyes watching me, and I've got certain muscles that are physically bulging now. Happy and tired!

16/12/2013 at 11:21

Specially for Molly and anyone else who's interested.

Last week's tri club session: (all freestyle)

800m easy warmup

2 x 100m

2 x 200m

2 x 300m

800m easy

2 x 300m

2 x 200m

2 x 100m

200m cooldown, any strokes.

Total: 4200m

That was Kathrin's idea of an easy week! I hope she gives us a real easy night on Tuesday as we break for Christmas.

16/12/2013 at 12:34

Thanks for these BI, I'll refer to them when I improve a bit. 

100m WU for me today, then 700m, then a 100m CD. Sore lats

17/12/2013 at 14:58

I'm anticipating a very easy night tonight, last night before Christmas break usually degenerates into water polo or something else silly like mixed relays. But with our coach, you simply never know!

Duda the Mutineer    pirate
17/12/2013 at 15:10

Swimming going really badly missed the last three opportunities due to rotator cuff  problems. Phisio visit tonight then I am hoping to join a masters club in the new year. Hopefully that will put me on the right track.

19/12/2013 at 12:14
Well I've finally registered for swimming lessons, starts the 9th Jan, can't wait to get getting my new bike after Xmas too so it's all systems go
19/12/2013 at 21:22
8th consecutive training session for me and I have been invited to a 2nd session a week. Monday mornings at 6am
Edited: 19/12/2013 at 21:23
Duda the Mutineer    pirate
19/12/2013 at 22:41



GH0ST wrote (see)

For the last 3 weeks the coach who dislikes me has been in charge  And I have subsequently relegated to the special needs Lane.

I have driven 70 mile round trips which basically equates to 3 hours out of my precious Saturdays and Sundays to spend more time waiting at the ends of the pool than swimming.

my membership for this club is up for renewal next week. I don't think so.

The fact that you feel like this sugggest a very poor coach. A word with  both the club and the coaches licensing authority is in order. As both a coach and a coach trainer its how I would handle it.

Edited: 19/12/2013 at 22:41
Blisters    pirate
19/12/2013 at 23:30

I don't know about coaching, but I've never had to do any waiting around at the ends of lanes, even as the proud owner of the pointy D hat.

Schmunks, 2 sessions a week is a great way to make progress and consolidate gains.

I got myself in the water again today. 64 lengths in 42 minutes. Not fast, but I was concentrating on form. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

20/12/2013 at 11:41

Tri club training:

400m easy warmup
400m + pullbouy (PB)  100 catchups / 100 Freestyle

400m stroke reduction: 1st 50m count strokes, reduce by 3 every 50m

10 x 50m with one sprint in each

6 x 100m with one sprint in each

10 x 50m with one sprint in each

400 + PB,  50m backstroke/50m free/50m breathe 2/3 rhythm/50m free

400-600m easy cool down

TOTAL: 3600m - 3800m

20/12/2013 at 17:36

BI - thanks a lot!

Blisters - sounds alright to me!

Scmunks - Mon morn at 6am?

Ghost - that's awful, it's not on at all. Have you got an alternative pool?

I'm doing a non-competitive triathlon on Sun organised by the swimming pool. We all do 40 mins swim - each individual does what they can, then it's 90 mins on the bike - all sticking together then 40 mins run again as a group. I'm looking forward to meeting some new tri friends and just praying I won't be the cr@ppest one out of the lot.

Blisters    pirate
20/12/2013 at 19:01

A "non-competitive tri".  Hmmm, that sounds novel. I can't get my head around that. 

Oh, I remember now a few training days in the early season: a lake swim, change, dry off, coffee, bike ride, put it away, gentle run. Yup, I get it now! Have fun and keep chatting.

Blisters    pirate
23/12/2013 at 09:24

Christmas Mile swim, swum. Time 38:46 and with that I'm well chuffed. A PB I reckon.

23/12/2013 at 15:05

Blisters - speedy or what! brilliant swimming

the chilled-out tri was ace. I started wetting myself when I got there as everyone looked the part with their honed phsiques and their jazzy bikes but I took a deep breath and got on with it. Ten of us in each lane ...I put myself quite rightly in the slowest lane and was quite relieved to find out I wasn't the slowest of the tortoises.

I got quite giddy on the bike, it was the first time I'd ever ridden with other people (apart from my Dad) and i could keep up quite easily. Feeling quite chuffed, I got off the bike thinking it was a piece of cake....then I started running and it was as if I had 10kgs strapped to each leg. What a struggle! I was absolutely shattered and went to bed at 930 last night...I'm going to have to improve as I've my first ever HIM on June 1st. Met some friends and signed up for a tri club so great morning overall.

Blisters    pirate
23/12/2013 at 18:33

LOL Molly, it sounds like you had a blast! Don't you just love that after bike feeling as though someone's just beaten your legs with a bat? Surprisingly, you can train for it. Do your hard bike ride, then immediately go for 2 to 3 mile run. You don't need more.
It's good to swim with other tortoises and realise that you're not the slowest. Don't be fooled by bike porn, it's an indication of having more money than sense. A super bike will make a difference to even a slow biker. But it won't make them any good. Consistent hard training over many years is what's needed for that.

You're clearly younger than me, I've been swimming for 2 years, you're going to whup my ass in that time (cruelty to animals apology). Meanwhile, keep up the swim training.

23/12/2013 at 22:36

Well, finally got the coordination to link lengths of freestyle together. Was managing 2 k breaststroke with no issue but drowning after 3 strokes of crawl. Decided to "Stop Trying" and over the last 3 weeks whilst playing with my 3 year old seem to have put breathing, kicking and stroking all together to move forward. 

After 20 years of scuba using breast stroke it feels like a revelation. 

Just need to link  100 of them together now!

Merry Christmas all.

24/12/2013 at 08:46

Ajuvajay - great stuff, well done - it's a fab feeling isn't it!

Blisters - aah fooled you there making you think I was a spring chicken!  I've got an extremely fit 70yr old Dad who travels abroad doing bike races so I'm not that young at all but who cares

Good news this morning - I read on the triclub rules that you have to wear the team trisuit in races, I was praying it wasn't white as I'm fairly chunky. I found out this morning that it's blue, phew!

Blisters    pirate
24/12/2013 at 11:15

Molly, a gentleman would say curvaceous.


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