Soup Dragon

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Beginners guide to the Surrey Hills ride is back!

Posted: 10/09/2014 at 18:31

Good luck Slag.

Beginners guide to the Surrey Hills ride is back!

Posted: 10/09/2014 at 07:46

Aw, wish I could make this. For any newbies, this is a great ride. Box hill is easy and the other more challenging inclines are short enough to be able to walk if you have to. Which at least one person generally does.

Have a good ride everyone. No hills where I'm going but I might get a bit wet. 

Swimming Anxiety

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 22:21

More lessons than the rest of the world lol!  Yep but I've needed them. Daren't think how much I've spent, thanks for the reminder dustboy. You don't hum when you breathe out though - you talk!!!

Dart 10K

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 21:48

I can't wait - I'm bouncing off the walls with excitement. Training not gone as well as I'd planned but I've done enough and really enjoyed it. Never dreaded my long swims like I did with long runs.

See you in Totness and Dittisham Blue.

A new sparkly sequined strictly thread

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 21:43

Hi Yeo - I missed it but if Brucie was on it I'm not sorry.

Where is everybody??  Are you all waiting for the real contest minus the B person?


Swimming Anxiety

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 20:31

And yes, a lot of people here have done well with tri club sessions. Just wasn't for me, I didn't like my local club sessions. Find what suits you is the name of the game

Swimming Anxiety

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 20:26

Thanks Dusty. I swam 5k this morning and only stopped cos the lake closed! Remember when I had to stop every 200m? If I can learn to swim anyone can. But the biggest breakthrough has been relaxing in the water instead of fighting it and getting breathing sorted.

Swimming Anxiety

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 18:19

I   dont hold my breath at all. To relax I make a consious effort to breathe from my belly even if that means stopping swimming or doing breast stroke. I then try and let any tension go, and let my arms float naturally and try and feel the same for my legs.

I also tried Virgin active lessons and didn't get on with them at all. Total waste of time and money (not saying that all VA swim coaches are like that). I found a 1:1 coach with an endless pool that gave video feedback. Expensive but I love it. I now go to her masters sessions that she runs for her regular clients where I've made so great friends. Best thing I ever did.  I'm only now working on speed after getting my stroke mechanics right. Although to be fair, she's wanted me to work on speed for the last few months but I sort of got to like cruising easily along.


A new sparkly sequined strictly thread

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 17:24

I've overdosed on sequins RicF.

Swimming Anxiety

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 17:21

Hi PipRam.First of all relax and listen to the wise words off Dustboy. I did my first tri breast stroke and my second....oh yes and my third! Its taken me ages to learne front crawl so be patient and don't let one bad session get the better of you. 

Putting two new things together when swimming is difficult. My coach has me just concentrating on one thing at a time. So one length I will have a focal point of turning my head to breathe at the optimum time. It doesn't matter what else is happening in my stroke so long as I master that. Then the second length will be a different focal point such as getting in a catch position. The breathing for that length doesn't matter. The I would repeat the two points on each odd/even length for about 10 lengths.  Eventually all the focal points start to come together.  I cycle through different focal points in my swimming which makes it more interesting, especially on longer swims.

Anxiety and panic attacks - yep, been there done that, especially in open water. I've now learned to relax in the water and I don't start swimming till my breathing is settled. If I get panicked I go back to breathing focus.  It gets easier. I love swimming now.

Good luck for Warwickshire and let us know how you get on. If you find you don't get on with your coach I would find a new one. I swapped till I found one I clicked with and she can't get rid of me lol.


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