Soup Dragon

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Strictly 2014

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 21:00

How have I missed this thread??  Waves to everyone.

Right result - apart from it not being Judy.

Best part of the show though had to be Annie Lennox.

Frankie and Kevin are such a good pairing. I loved their dance tonight.


Isoman tri

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 15:19

Fueling shouldn't be a problem, they have fuel stations on long swims such as the Dart 10k. I will watch how it goes with interest. Someone from my swim group (a regular 10k swimmer and IM) thinks it will be harder than a regular IM but its certainly an interesting concept.

Isoman tri

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 10:52


Swimming for the middle age newbie.

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 10:30

Honk - I'm with you on a lot of the drills. I wasted so much time doing drills that did nothing for my stroke. And I include in that the early TI drills I did, although I'm a big advocate of TI and go to a TI masters group. My swimming came together once I'd started full stroke and now have "focal points". So I still do drills, but they are isolated parts of the stroke that I repeat for muscle memory and timing. Things like tapping the shoulder drills or kicking with a board do nothing to help me at all. But that's just me, not saying that would be true for everyone.

Another +1 for video.

Swimming for the middle age newbie.

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 23:26

Open water can be scarey to begin with. Some people take to it straight off, others not. Its worth for the first time just taking time to get used to it. Swim the smallest loop in the lake or just out to the first bouy and back. Find something on the horizen to aim for - a tree or similar. Try and get a lesson on how to sight and go with a friend first time. Where abouts do you live?

You don't need to tread water if wearing a wettie. Well done for learning to relax - do the same in open water and you will just float upright. Honest!  Yes you will splutter and cough sometimes but it doesn't matter, you don't drown in the pool so you wont drown in the lake. Just stop, refocus and get going again.

Sounds like you are starting well to me. I got in the bad habit of only breathing to one side and now I'm having to force myself to breathe to my "bad" side. 

Its a great sport, very sociable and addictive.

Swimming for the middle age newbie.

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 22:46

Hi Mini - I totally understand your doubt. Swimming can be the most frustrating thing in the world when you first start but when it starts to click its sweet. I started to learn front crawl (ahem) over 50 so you're nowhere near too late.  First of all I would say there are so many different and often confusing bits of advice on how best to swim. Some will suit you and some won't so you need to find your own way which is hard to beging with. I tried 3 swimmming instructors before I found the one I clicked with. I started with not even being able to do 25m front crawl and this year swam 10k.  I do admit to spending a lot of money though. I still take monthy 1:1 coaching because I enjoy it so much but its not cheap.

Now to the open water question. Most lakes have a 200m or 500m loop so you don't have to be able to swim miles and miles to begin with. And you don't have to swim it all front crawl either. I did my first mile swim all breaststroke. Its not the best stroke in a wetsuit but you can certainly alternate between the two strokes until you get your confidence up. The upside is that ow is so much more interesting so you can go further just on that alone. A wetsuit will help too. Its easy to stop for a rest in a wettie (you just float) and swimming is easier.  Tigger is right - watching the ducks, the sun on the water, the odd kingfisher darting passed its great.

Keep at it, keep the faith and good luck.

Climb the World

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 18:49



Enduroman 2015

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 13:04

Just entered.

PSOF Championship Sheild Update

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 11:21

Boing. I'm never going to win a shield but love doing mad stuff with mad pirates so happy to contribute.

Enduroman 2015

Posted: 21/10/2014 at 20:07

Hmmm - tempted by the swim. I had a rubbish swim last time on the half but not because of the laps, cramp fairy got to me.  The atmosphere on the swim was really friendly and I otherwise enjoyed it, I think I could cope with laps in there.


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