Try a tri?

but....

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31/08/2003 at 15:11
I bought a copy of 220 Triathlon magazine last weekend and it had a really useful CD-Rom on it which outlined the basics of triathlon and stuff. I thought - what a good idea. I've just bought a bike - OK, it's a softy commuter type bike but what the hell. I've been running for about 6 months or so. What's stopping me from entering a novice event? Well, swimming. I haven't been swimming in ages so I thought I'd investigate our local pool and go for a splash today, until I found out how much it cost.

Nearly £4. I can't afford that, not regularly anyway. At least once you've got running shoes and a bike you haven't got to pay every time you go out....

Any ideas on how I can get swimming training without having to pay through the nose for it??
31/08/2003 at 18:46
can you a monthyly or quarterly pass as they usually work out quite cheaply if you swim 3-4 times a week


or join a tri club and see if they have subsidised pool sessions
iron fraggle    pirate
31/08/2003 at 19:11
My (local council) gym membership gets me free use of all the local pools as well - are you a gym bunny too?
31/08/2003 at 20:33
Joining a swimming club is normally much cheaper too.
AndrewSmith    pirate
31/08/2003 at 21:27
Find yourself a local tri club who do swim sessions. they are usually cheaper and more accomadating to beginner/improvers than swim clubs they may even have a coach who will help you as part of a normal session which means no extra cost for lessons.
31/08/2003 at 21:37
My gym doesn't have a pool, and my local pool monthly fee is more than my gym membership!

I might look into a local tri club, but I'll get better on the bike first - see if I *really* want to give it a go...
31/08/2003 at 21:38
I've changed my name from Tweety to Charlie by the way...
01/09/2003 at 11:42
charlie - look around at other pools, local council pool to me is about 2 quid a go, but very hot and overcrowded, the other local pool which i use regularly ,as its less crowded and colder, you have to be a member of, but only about 40quid a year, then 2.50 a time to swim or gym.(although less for me as i am a student) ask around anyone you know who swims, they should be able to help.
01/09/2003 at 12:26
Thanks Moosey, I'll investigate
Kanga (M.)    pirate
01/09/2003 at 15:42
MCBP - I've not long long Serpentine (Serpie) Tri who do various swim training sessions, all on their website incl email groups.

Kanga
01/09/2003 at 21:37
THanks guys. I've emailed Sevenoaks Tri club to see whether they think it's worth me joining - after all I am REALLY slow. (wouldn't want to embarrass myself)

I'll let you know what happens...
Bionic Ironwolf    pirate
04/09/2003 at 18:48
Charlie - wouldn't worry about that, I've been in tri 10 years and still finish towards the back!
AndrewSmith    pirate
04/09/2003 at 22:50
go for it. I used to train with sevenoaks until it became awkward to arrange my time (i still would if i could) and they will help you out. don't worry about slow they've got all sorts and I believe they have a coach at some sessions as well. If you haven't found out already they were training tues 8:30 fris 8:00 and sun 6:30 at sevenoaks pool. that may have changed but i don't think so. it is surprising how much you will improve with a little structured training. good luck.
WildWill    pirate
04/09/2003 at 23:03
I Never manage a top half finish either - I just enjoy - thats the beauty of TRI

:o)
05/09/2003 at 17:42
THanks for all the encouragement guys. It's really nice. I was quite worried about being the slowest, but I shan't worry so much now! I'm going to go to swim training tonight (hopefully)

Cheers
AndrewSmith    pirate
05/09/2003 at 20:33
good luck people I am hoping for rain, I like rain. Planning to go off fast (for me) to pace a friend around the first 10 miles or so, just to stop him from going too hard to start. I want to do 8 min mls for as long as possible up to 10/13mls to keep him slow(easy pace for him hard for me) then I plan to die like a dog and grovel in under 4hrs. We shall see. met office is now saying sun/cloud 18c and 20mph southerly for Manston. I will be the fat one with the white t shirt, long black shorts (to stop my thighs rubbing) and brand new asics nimbus(probably hobbling from blisters as I haven't worn them yet) and probably crawling from half way onwards.
AndrewSmith    pirate
05/09/2003 at 20:35
sorry posted that in the wrong forum not thinking straight already
06/09/2003 at 13:56
Make sure the pool is a decent one! I used my gym's pool. Imagine preparing for an ironman by swimming non-stop for an hour and a half.....in a 15 metre pool!

A very dizzy BB.
06/09/2003 at 15:05
hahaha yes my gym is the same bb - 15m. great for practising tumble-turns only!
06/09/2003 at 15:17
At least I'd be able to manage a whole length!
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