Long Distance OW Swim

training advice appreciated

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18/07/2012 at 16:27

Full Moon swim on the 2nd August at Hayling Island if anyone is interested.  I used to organise these but it looks like someone else is taking it on in my absence.  The idea is to swim in the dark under the full moon.  Very beautiful and a great experience, particularly if you are training for an event that requires night swimming.

18/07/2012 at 17:59
Artful Hen wrote (see)

.  Blue - fantastic.  What are you up to this weekend?


Possibly swimming the channel with Supercaz

Edited: 18/07/2012 at 18:00
18/07/2012 at 20:44
Fair enough
19/07/2012 at 09:01

Edit to remove double post.

Edited: 19/07/2012 at 09:02
22/07/2012 at 11:33

Race reports of the Channel swim from both Blue and I are in Clubhouse if anyone is interested.

22/07/2012 at 20:38
Will be right over.

In other news I joined the Seabrook Seals for a swim today and did my longest ever swim. Might not have been the longest distance, dont know - a bit of stopping to regroup etc - but was in the water for two hours. Fab. Loved it. What a friendly bunch of people. And of course it was sunny. Caz they were gutted to hear about your relay.
22/07/2012 at 22:51

My shoulders are feeling better so any time you're up for a swim I am too despite me saying I'm retiring for the rest of the month. The Seals sound like a lovely bunch of people to join in with.

Dustboy    pirate
22/07/2012 at 23:51

"What are you up to this weekend?

"Possibly swimming the channel with SuperCaz"

That's HARD!

Absolute respect.


23/07/2012 at 09:19

No Dustboy, doing an IronMan is hard.  The relay was only 5 hours of exercise.  I can't imagine doing an event of 15 hours... mind you I will have to get my head around the idea before I attempt the solo next year

24/07/2012 at 10:08

Well done guys. That sounds like a real mental battle!!

I had mixed results in my races this week.. the sprint swim took 11:30 and the olympic took 28:30.. massive difference! (and cost me a top 20 finish in the olympic) I'm thinking I wasn't fully recovered for the olympic race because guys i normally swim with beat me by up to 3 minutes. I seem to feel fine the day after a hard swim but my stroke is definitely a little weaker. I guess that makes sense.

I've joined a new club for swimming so i'm getting a coached pool swim 3 times a week (in the pool for 6am ) and 2 open water swims. On average i'm aiming for about 3.5k per session. Its under 3 weeks until the 10k swim and another sprint to do before then. Should be okay to get through it now but I'd like to get another 6k+ swim in before it.

Does anyone use any swimming books as a reference? There were a couple i was looking at. Swim Smooth's book and Swim Workout's for Triathletes. I was given a £25 amazon voucher so bought the pair of them for £24.74.. Hopefully they are good. I always use swim smooths website for tips on technique. The workout book is a waterproof spiral bound book full of swimming workouts. Both should be useful!

24/07/2012 at 13:26

I've looked for swimming books before and didn't find anything that  i couldnt find on the web. I have a book by David Wilkie (yes, we are talking pre-history) and an ASA basic booklet (which is faitlry useless for an adult).
I suspect that there is plenty of sources on the web that make a book unviable financialy.
Also there are a lot or swim courses and collateral is handed out with that. I learned more from a couple of weekend swim courses than from the books.

I think swimsmooth is pretty good and will handle most things you need.

24/07/2012 at 18:25

There is nothing to compare with getting someone to watch your stroke and offer advice.  Its all very well knowing the theory, but a book won't tell you whether your head is too high or your arm too straight if you think that you are doing it right.

24/07/2012 at 18:28

I got back in the sea last night but my arms were tired so I dawdled at the back doing breaststroke with a new girl who had joined us for the first time.

Then this morning I got back in again at 6am and managed to do 45 min gently.  It was beautiful - sun shining, water like a mill pond and nobody around at all.  So peaceful.  I'm going to miss the sea when I move inland on Sunday

24/07/2012 at 18:37

You can get free basic swimming workouts from www.swimplan.com or you can pay a bit extra and get a greater variety of workouts.  I have a folder full that I dip into when I need to.

26/07/2012 at 21:51
Caz I'm loving my sea swimming so feel for you moving away from it.

Because I've had a light work week and the weather's been so fabulous I've been down to Bournemouth to swim with the seals for four days this week. Have done two two-hour swims, and today did an hour without wettie, then another 30 mins this pm. So lush. Have bppeen v lucky with the weather and rising water temp.

Thanks for putting me in touch with the Seals, Caz. They're lovely
26/07/2012 at 21:52
+ 1 for decent coaching
27/07/2012 at 10:03

I'm so jealous.  But I am expecting a phone call today from someone who is going to tell me about open water swimming in Leicester.  There are places where I can swim, but I'm waiting to hear whether they are wetsuit obligatory

I get so fed up with not being able to swim without a wetwuit.  For me, I am safer without a wetsuit as I over heat so easily.  I've got evidence that I can swim without it so I don't think I am being unreasonable.

purpletrilady    pirate
27/07/2012 at 10:53

Swimming with a wetsuit must be frustrating for you. The lakes near me all allow non wetsuit swimming but you have to be seperatly approved to be allowed to do it.

I hoping to swim in the lake this weekend without a wetsuit. I need to improve my reslience to cold water 

AH - Glad you have found a new interest in your retirement 

WildWill    pirate
27/07/2012 at 10:57

 you? no wetsuit?? 

27/07/2012 at 17:21

nice thread this, will I read in more detail later on as I am too looking to take atvantage  of my newly learned skill of swimming front crawl by doing some longer events. longest ow swim so far is 2 miles but felt ok to go further.

SuperCaz wrote (see)

Full Moon swim on the 2nd August at Hayling Island if anyone is interested. 

I'm interested, Ive just registered on the outdoor swimming society website but cant  see any more details other than the date, can you point me in the direction of further details please?

I have next week off and want to take the family camping somewhere in the south, I might be able to combine this with the bournemouth swim next weekend, will have to discuss with family tonight where we go but i definetely want to get some sea swimming in and an organised event makes more sense than swimming alone although would have family watching out for me.

any other suggestions where there are groups meeting for swimming on south coast that I could just tag along with next week?


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