This is going to make me very unpopular but I gave up on bilateral breathing, and instead just went on the same side. The biggest break through came when I switched from breathing every stroke over my left shoulder which seem to be natural as I'm left handed to over my right shoulder (I'd never previously tried that in 4 years believe it or not). It instantly felt 10% easier, suddenly 50m was done as 25m was before, from this I was able to build up and up. In my mind, I'd also though if I get to 200m then I'm there. Ands that what I did, swimming loads of 50m reps with 30 seconds rest, then 20 second and then pushing my distances up. It just seemed to come together over weeks then.
Firstly in Pro cycling all TUE's should be made public, that would make a huge difference, as it would provide a level of transparency not previously seen. I think it would also reduce the number of TUE's being requested as they'd now be published prior to any Major Tour event.
Regarding Tri and testing of the Age Groupers, it's far more difficult. I assume that my girlfriend who competed in her first "Go Tri" event last year and came third from last, would fail her test as she's been using a really strong prescription steroid cream for a skin issue and is also taking a shed load of tablets for other health issues. All prescribed and absolutely necessary, but she's hardly going to apply for a TUE for a small beginners event.
I'm a middle of road athlete, never going to win anything, as far as I'm aware I'm not doping, I use maximuscle recovery shakes & Power bar isotonic drinks that's the extent of my sports specific intake. However, I've been prescribed antibiotics twice in 12 months! (Don't ask I'm thinking of painting a red cross on our front door) and therefore could have failed a test afterwards as I never thought to ask a doctor if they were WADA approved as I was more worried about my health.
I think that's the same for 99% of us normal Triathletes, I'd hate to see our sport lose people by failing tests because their doctor had given them something for a water or ear infection 3 weeks earlier.
In my humble opinion I wouldn't be risking my life in a freezing lake for 300m, it's just not worth the risk. I'm currently using my local 25m pool, but prior to moving, I had one that was only 18m, but at the end of the day it's a pool, and you can swim in it. Just help yourself by not pushing off the wall and making sure you swim right up to it to try and replicate an open water swim, You see loads of people pushing off hard against the wall and the cruising in those last couple of metres to the wall so they're only really working for 15m of every 25m.
Can some one clarify whether I'm reading this right but -
Your currently swimming in a former sand quarry at dawn to avoid the sailing club staff kicking you out, in January in a wet suit that doesn't keep you warm, with a crop top and trunks and then you're getting out and running 10 miles in January in wet crop top and trunks??.
I don't think Ironman is going to satisfy your craving for uncomfortable, please pass go, collect £200, and head straight to Norseman.