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TST - the OW place is a lake in central Bristol that I've managed to get weekday membership to. (There's a 3-year waiting list for full membership.) I'm going to take my 50M test next Fri in order to collect my membership card - that's presuming the pike don't pull me under.
Well I went to the swim session. The coach this week was sooo much better than last week. I kept up (ish) when everyone was doing the drills but when they (note the word they) were doing the speed session, the slowest guy was coming in at 2:05 for 100 metres So I had to swim to one end, wait for the whole lot to come through and then swim back. Not much fun but it gives me a good aim ie being able to do two laps before they catch up.
The coach said I needed to bend my arm a bit more on the catch so that was a useful tip and to basically just keep at it. My technique isn't too bad.
Well done LN for going back and having another go. Stick with it......it will all come together, well that's what I keep telling myself anyway. I am going to go along and watch the Sunday session before cycling with them......just to see if I think it would be a real disaster to have a go at that swim session too.
Nope, nope, and nope!!! I will not take my swim stuff.....LOL. I would die on the bike and get left behind.
Sundays is 50m pool and more endurance and speed I think. The Coach is there but not so much drills....I just want to see what the session is like as I think different members turn up for this one rather than the technique one. I shall sit and have a nice cup of coffee whilst I oggle the "Hunks in Trunks".
Thats my first open water done tonight in the duck pond . All went very well, nice to know they I have got a regular open water venue for the next 12-14 weeks so be good practice.
Wasnt that cold either
Lol Saffers, I used to scuba dive and have had to break the ice to get in the water before at 6am in mid January so this was like being in the med
One thing I did learn was that I will take my wedding ring of next time. Thought I was going to lose it halfway round. I think best thing is to dunk your head get it over and done with. One thing I had forgotten about was the dizziness when you get out of the water, climbed up the steps on the jetty nearly fell back in .
Hello, hello, hello.
Long time, no speak on this thread but I have been lurking and everyone seems to be progressing nicely.
Not sure if I told you but my gym have started their own Tri Club and things seems to be coming along nicely. RPM sesh on Tues eve, swim on Thurs, and a run on Sat morning. Went to the swim sesh yesterday thinking it was all beginners/improvers but it is an add-on to the 'proper' Tri swim sesh. Was a bit nervous but the Coach asked me to come into the lanes and give it a go.
And it was fab
He set the 'proper' guys off on their sets and then watched me do a length. He said my hand entry was flat and should either be little finger first or thumb first, but he thought my kick was quite good (and that's something I have never ever been told before ). I did a fair few lengths like that with a rest in between as he would rather we we rested between lengths and get the technique right rather than get tired and rush it.
Then he told me I should really push off from the wall (cue nerves bordering on hysteria). But he got me to jump up and then submerge under the water. Then I had to do that, but kick off from the wall whilst streamlined. And I did it but probably on the 9th attempt .
It lasted an hour and was really good. After I had got out he told me I was the one who had made most progress even in just an hour. I think he was a little shocked when I said, 'well, when you're at the bottom, there is a lot of progress to be made'
Defo going again next week as it was almost a 1-2-1 session as all the 'proper' guys were off doing their own thing and I had the Coach almost to myself
Parklife wrote (see)
So now you'll be able to letch from above and below
I'm trying to visualise the push-off things Shmunks - is the coach teaching you tumble turns?
Little Ninja wrote (see)
LN, I was told the same in last weeks session with bending the elbow going into the catch. My arm was entering the water and then pulling back but with the arm too straight. I did concentrate on this but then this week was told that although it was good that I was trying to keep the elbow position in the catch, I was pulling the arm away from my body too much so had to concentrate on keeping the arm in a position nearer the body!!!!!!!!!!!! It's really not easy this swimming malarkey.
Hopefully UIW will come along and explain it all a little better.