Despite enjoying swimming I have never taken the time or had the foresight to ask a coach for some tips. I have been the classic “I love swimming but struggle to breathe”.
So now I am determined to change all that.
I have therefore found a great challenge which is to swim the channel in the summer.
Swimming the channel will be a real achievement for me. I recommend everyone to always have a goal. A goal is a rudder which steers you in the direction of achievement and satisfaction.
In training for the channel I am keeping a log of the distance I swim which has been on-going since August 2008.
Below is a diary of how I started my training journey.
I will put key points here and achievements:
Total Distance = 400m
Getting back into swimming. The maximum lengths I can possibly do front crawl in a row is 3. I find it really hard to breathe with out a mouthful of water.
My breast stroke is good but this stroke is too slow to get me to France.
Total Distance = 2350m
After speaking to Edward Williams about some coaching he suggested coming to his group training class for triathletes.
11 lengths warm up, 8 sets of 4, 8 sets of 3, 6 flat out to finish.
It was very hard keeping up with the others, but working together helped me push myself. I still had to stop completely at the end of each length, but continuous front crawl is hard for me. distance = 1550m
Total distance =2750m
I am now swimming on my own to improve my technique. Edd suggested keeping my head down and taking shorter breaths.
20 lengths (outside -20m pool)
Distance = 400m
Total Distance = 3150m
Today I’m working on my kick turn to improve my speed and increase endurance.
Maximum lengths in a row = 4.
Total Distance = 4650m
Today I was working on my kick turn and endurance.
The maximum number of lengths including kick turns was 6, although this was hard.
Total lengths = 75
Distance = 1500m
Total distance =28.650 km
Today I swam 20 lengths to warm up. I also did 80 lengths continuously.
Total lengths 100 (20m pool)
Total distance = 2000m
Total distance =43.9km
Today I Swam in Abbey pools I wanted to see how many lengths I could do in 60 mins.
Total Lengths = 90
Distance = 2250m
Not bad but I need to get around 120 per hour if I want to finish the channel in under 15 hours.
Total distance =58.9km
I swam for 1hour and 50 minutes and did 170 lengths; the furthest I have ever done.
Total distance =65km
Testing all my current speeds:
50m = 43 seconds, 100m = 1min 37s , 250m = 4 min 36s
1 hr max = 2250m
Total distance =80km
Swimming in group stamina class, I did 30 minutes first and then a further 1 hour in the class.
I was the quickest in the class which is a big step for me because I was not when I first swam in these classes.
My fastest length was 16 seconds (25m)