week off from swimming, what a mistake

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05/04/2013 at 07:34

Well as per title, i went back for my first swim session last night after having a week and half off due to being away and work and all i can say was it was like swimming through mud.

I cant believe how having over a week off has made such a difference, i am a newbie having only started swimming coulpe of months ago

05/04/2013 at 07:39

Don't dispair - look at it the other way around. You must have made loads of progress in 'only a couple of months' to notice such a difference taking only a 10 day break?

Keep at it and you'll soon be swimming like a dolphin again...

05/04/2013 at 07:53

maybe your right but i wouldnt class myself being great at swimming

Think i can manage 400m in around 15-20 minutes but can not manage 400m in one go. Usually i swim 2-4 lenghts at a time then have a rest for a bit before continuing.


IronChris68    pirate
05/04/2013 at 08:17

That happened to me last week, after a weeks holiday I got back in the pool,n o feel for the water no rhythm nothihng, breathing through my bum after 50 metres, this week, up to 6.2km already and finding it a lot easier

Stick at it

Edited: 05/04/2013 at 08:17
Symes    pirate
05/04/2013 at 08:17

As MTH says, if you've only been swimming a couple of months you're going well. Took me a lot longer to get to 400m than that. It does all fall into place one day and you can just keep on going and going.

Maybe being ill is a reaction to swimming, perhaps you're allergic to it? 

05/04/2013 at 08:31

i think i muist be allergic because i def felt like it was all kinds of wrong last night.

Im going to tr to up my sessions to arouns 4 a week now, dont think 2 or 3 is going to cut it


Have my first tri in open water on may 12th so need to get to that 400m mark soon as there will be no stopping in the middle of a lake

seren nos    pirate
05/04/2013 at 08:57

i get some days when i get in the pool and nothing seems to be right.struggle to swim at all......

and then the next time i go in I can have a session where everything seems to fit...

like all things.sonme days are off days and others are magic

05/04/2013 at 08:59

Ive done more swimming in the past 2 weeks than I have running. Now if I can just get my tumble turns right .....


seren nos    pirate
05/04/2013 at 09:04

why do you want to get tumble turns right..i thoughtr you were interested in triathlon and then they are banned........unless in open water and then they are a tad difficult


05/04/2013 at 09:08

Tumble turns are banned in triathalons? ............. let me guess, because only 3 people in Britain know how to do them properly ......... how ridiculous is that? We were taught how to do them when I was 12 back in our swimming classes in Australia, (although the 25 year gap has now made me a bit rusty).  Whats the reasoning behind banning them?


seren nos    pirate
05/04/2013 at 09:10

in a swim based triathlon there are usually several people in a lane....and so it would be slightly dangerous for people to be doing tumbleturns.....

but in open water there is more room for you to try them if you want

05/04/2013 at 09:13

As the Daily Mail would say 'elf and safety rears its ugly head again.

Do you realise how much faster you are doing tumble turns than having to stop all your momentum dead, touch the wall then have to push off again? Sigh.

Very funny about the OW  ..... but I shan't be doing OW for quite a while as its too cold in this country.


seren nos    pirate
05/04/2013 at 09:15

like i said before david..if doing triathlons you need to look at the gym friendly ones that are all inddors.....

if you think that you would be too cold swimming outdoors.then how cold are you going to be after swimming indoors then running outside dripping wet in soaked clothing to then go on a bike into a cold wind........

you would freeze your little bits off......

 just find the ones on the treadmill, gymbike and pool..you can be the king of the gym

05/04/2013 at 09:29

If I was to do an entirely gym based triathalon, dont you think that would make me a bit of a wimp?


seren nos    pirate
05/04/2013 at 09:30

it would just reflect your true strengths.....

cougie    pirate
05/04/2013 at 09:32
No tumble turns is sensible. Do them to your hearts content in your swimming galas David !
05/04/2013 at 09:34

Please tell me the Daily Mail quote was a joke! 

05/04/2013 at 10:23

The Daily Mail is no joke! (actually it is, but I still go there every day to post my inflammatory views)

Dustboy    pirate
05/04/2013 at 11:28

Have raced/trained where tumbling is allowed, getting whacked in the face as someone else is flipping over is just not considerate. And with one new one starting off every 15 seconds, you coudl quickly logjam. Elf & safety is a secondary issue, kids get whacked aroudn in teh pool all day long after all. And don't forget, etiquette is that if you get "tickled", you stop at the end for the faster person to overtake anyway so you might as well forget the tumble.


Dustboy    pirate
05/04/2013 at 11:29

OP, don't worry about one bad day, it happens.

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