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fat buddha wrote (see)
"I may be a rubbish swimmer but i worked as a diving instructor for 4 years so feel comfortable in lakes & sea." let's see how you cope with swimming in OW. one of the original pirates is an experienced diver, yet he always freaked swimming in OW - bizarre.
This is a big topic on this side of the pond. I'll link one of several articles but apparently the main cause of swimming issues is actual panic attacks--nothing to do with your health.
If you've had that almost can't breathe, etc. feeling to start an open water swim, that's the feeling. I had a guy die within 20 feet of me at IMKY last August. No other abnormalites but a panic attack is most likely what did him in.
Article on Tri Swim Deaths
SausageDog wrote (see)
Sod it, 2013 it is then.Thanks for making me see sense, I think??Holgs, i think you have contributed plenty already with your inspirational book. Anyone who hasnt read it should do!Next event for me is Fritton Tri, be my first open water one. I may be a rubbish swimmer but i worked as a diving instructor for 4 years so feel comfortable in lakes & sea. Looking forward to donning a wetsuit again. First practise session is beginning of MayLewis (FiveToes) - a new Park Run is starting at Fritton Lake from 5th May. Open water sessions there are 8am - 10.30am on a Saturday so you could incorporate a run & some open water training.Are you doing the Norwich 100?
Sod it, 2013 it is then.
Didn't take SausageDog long to crumble. I think I already knew it would be this year when I lurked in about October. Straight away though I was entering the single Enduroman!
I went for this because I already had found the site via a friend who knows No 6 from th Arch to Arc. It just went from there.
I'm happy with the £135 I paid to enter rather than the £375 for IMUK or IMW. Too much for me I'm afraid. If I had waited a bit longer I think I'd have gone for the Outlaw as so many people on here seem to be going. However I'll meet others in the New Forest come early June.
Good luck on your voyage
Fb, totally agree mate, the low visability issue can certainly get the mind going. I've had to calm myself down a few times in the past to avoid panic with that one. my biggest concern is the 2hr 20 time limit. Whats the best way to increase swim speed please? Similar to running & doing sprints?
I'm a big fan of Total Immersion Swimming.
I did 4 sprints over the winter/spring, each with a 400 yard swim. By the last swim, I had cut 1 minute off my time after doing some of the TI drills. The whole idea of TI is to not fight the water.
Take a look at the winner in this video: link. So smooth it looks nearly effortless.
...the problems often relate to the (lack of) visibility, taste/salinity, fear of the unknown (what's underneath you, buoys, chains etc), noise (motors) and then conditions such as temperature, swell, waves, currents, breakers etc.
Thanks FB. There's lots in that list I hadn't even thought of.
What is it about bouys and their chains that freaks people (me included) out?
Currently 2 hrs a week. Averaging 5km - 5.5km per week. And I always find the first weekly swim harder the longer it is since the week before. I could do with another swim hour in the week, but would have to give up a run or bike.
Before my first try (May last year) I was travelling alot with work and so had easy access to the hotel pool. I think I swam 3 times a week. Not much at first - maybe 50m or so. I hadn't really swum since school.
I just kept reading about technique, looking at videos etc then plugging away in the pool. I think by Easter I'd cracked 4-500m.
gastank wrote (see)
somehow in my quiet suburban life running at 6 seems for more normal than shooting zombies at 3am