Cr@p Swimmers R Us

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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.


25/12/2013 at 10:33

Merry Christmas to all swimmers and future swimmers

25/12/2013 at 16:28

And to all triathletes and wannabees. Here's to a happy and successful new season!

28/12/2013 at 05:03
Merry belated Xmas to everyone! Finally registered for swimming lessons starting 9th Jan, 12 week course, no idea what kind of things they'll be teaching but as it's a beginner course I'm assuming it'll be the basic stuff, which is what I need before I progress. Can't wait to get started! Was also looking forward to buying a new bike in the new year but that's been buggered up by my car bonnet flying up whilst doing 70mph and writing my car off! Not happy about that but at least my swimming is finally starting .
28/12/2013 at 09:09

Justplodon - oh no! Glad you're ok though, it must have been terrifying. Enjoy your swimmimg lessons

28/12/2013 at 14:45
Thanks Molly, it happened really fast so didn't have time to think about it, luckily the roads were dead and managed to pull into a layby by looking through the gap between the bottom of the windscreen and the open bonnet lol.
29/12/2013 at 20:15

Entered hubby and myself for the Triathlon Swim 2014 - 1000m in a 25m pool on 26th January. Last year I said I wasn't going to do this ever again - oh well! Guess I'll be slowest again, maybe I should have entered the 400m instead. Some of us are just gluttons for punishment! I will do my best - but I just can't swim fast. Better at distance.

Edited: 29/12/2013 at 20:17
Blisters    pirate
02/01/2014 at 14:11

2k swimmed, in exactly 50 minutes. With a bit of concerted effort I can now achieve the same pace as my wife. She's prettier in the water though.

After I finished I had a couple of goes at tumble turns. My nose is now streaming water in an undignified manner.

03/01/2014 at 06:18

I wouldn't bother with tumble turns unless you intend to do more swimming races. You can't usually do them in a pool triathlon and in OW, well.........

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