Follow Paul (Thames Gargler) as he trains for the London Triathlon
Introducing the third member of our Triathlete's World Fab Four… Paul (aka Thames Gargler)
Paul is a veteran of two sprint triathlons, and is planning to focus on open water success in the run up to the London Triathlon - from the 'mosh pit' of a mass start to wriggling out of his wetsuit quickly in transition.
Paul will be using our brand new Olympic distance triathlon training schedule as a basis for his training (starting May 23). He’ll be posting his training progress on a regular basis, and feedback the training and nutrition advice given to him by the team at Triathlete's World so make sure you check back regularly to find out how he gets on.You can read more about Paul’s triathlon background and goals here.Good luck Paul!
Can't believe that you are the oldest of the bunch..............at 33 you are a youngster around these forums
I think for us runners the swim is always the part we dread most.................but once you get to practice openwater swimmer.....most of us find it easier to swim in awetsuit than without
Hey Thames, hi...
OW swimming takes a while to get used to. I had panic attacks when I first started but the way I got through it and the fears was to force myself to keep doing it. Luckily I live near the sea and my triathlon club does weekly OW training. I now relish rough conditions and feel totally at home in OW.
Anyhoo, here's a polite question because quite a few people are wondering.. How exactly were the fab 4 chosen?
I had a panic attack the first time I swam in the sea. It took me two seperate attempts to get in deep enough to get out of my depth, and then anohter two or three attempts before I was able to swim more than about 10 strokes.
That was in 2008. Since then I have become addicted to sea swimming and enjoy it more than the running.
I'm only sharing this for those who feel like it is the hardest thing that they ahve ever done to get into open water. It does get easier as you get more confidence and practice.
Thames, just found this thread - keep it up - there'll be loads of people lurking and reading!
I've been reading because I'm in my normal post-race 'don't want to be at work, want to race again' mode. Did Windsor Oly at the weekend (just 2nd Oly) and though I was pretty slow (1000th out of 1500!), now itching to do something about the flipping swim finally. I reckon a breast stroker overtook me at one point (35 mins!).
Did London last year as my first Oly so really looking forward to reading about your journey there - and chipping in occasionally!
Kiwi K - you're doing the Olympic at London right? I only started this lark last year, and did 2 sprints in the run up to London which was the focus. If you do an Oly before London it's going to take some of the shine off London as the first big one isn't it?
Simbux thats a very good point! I hadn't thought about it like that! I was focussed on being as prepared as I could be. Which sprint races did you do last year?
(Paul, sorry for taking over your forum!!)
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He's still alive - rather belatedly read this thread and realised that I know him (the photo obviously helped lol) As I'm a tri-god, I'll be giving him loads of hints and tips next time I see him at the club
Hello. I'm back. A combination of holiday, moving out of my flat, general busyness, and a lack of anything new to report explains the quietness. But now it's 26 days and counting and here's what's on my mind:
1. My shoulder hurts. Lots of serving during tennis games on holiday has awoken Rotator Cuff Tendonitis. I'm oblivious to this 99% of the time but lots of swim training with paddles does aggravate it . I'm hoping that 3 weeks with no tennis will let it recover, but not ideal. especially with the need to put in lots of distance swims over the next few weeks.
2. Wetsuit fit. My wetsuit seems to be a very good fit, but the 'snug' fit does create the need to either readjust (not really an option while swimming) or bear severe discomfort after about 10 minutes. I'm hoping that trial and error over the next few weeks will reveal the most comfortable way of wearing it. Any tips gents?
3. It's warm in there! As a statement of the obvious, open water is a lot warmer in July than it had been in May. I'm open to any suggestions as to how to keep cool when all togged up in a wetsuit. Presumably, letting water into the suit when first entering the water helps. What else? And are swim caps mandatory for all / most OW triathlons? I'm sure I could get by without one!
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