Returning to Swimming

I recently came across this fantastic and simple chart that an experienced swimmer wrote about returning to swimming after a few year’s hiatus. As swimmers we actually often forget or don’t realise how fit we are, or at least how well adjusted we are to the requirements of regular swimming. This simple chart explains better…

24 miles in 24 hours swim

Lisa Cummins, Danny Walsh, and myself tackled the 24 miles in 24 hours swim challenge this weekend past, as I briefly mentioned last week. Mark Robson alerted us to this UK charity swim back in January/February. I thought it sounded like fun and asked a few of my regular swim friends and the rest of…

One small sign of swimmer’s spring

Swimmer’s Twitter accounts, which have often laid dormant during the winter, start to come alive again. I’ll irregularly updating progress tomorrow as we hopefully go through the day on my Twitter account and maybe a post or two here from my phone. I mean, how rare is it for a swimmer to be able to update…

24 miles in 24 hours pool swim preparation list

Food: Not Maxim. We know that won’t work for 24 hours in a pool. :-) Fruit. (Especially berries, bananas) Soup Hot or cold Pasta (ugh) Sandwiches Smoothies Chocolate, biscuits, mint cake, jelly babies. The usual. Fruit Cake/flapjacks I’ll have a tub of Maxim for the times we need a boost. Coffee for the night. Lots…

Headwrecker

Having realised it was months since I did anything much more than 5k, I decided to add a few k to a session for a moderate distance set. Normally when I go above 8k I’ll do a pyramid variation. Instead I decided to do 20x400s off 7:00. Only a few days ago my 400s were…

How To: Training Zone Chart

Just thought (since I’ve posted nothing all week) that I’d post this useful training zone chart to follow-up the metabolic energy storage and use stuff that I posted last week. Cross reference your age, to the level of exercise you wish to do (endurance for many of us, with some threshold and maximum effort also). These…

Chlorine

I know some of you hate pools so much you don’t swim in them. Part of that is (I think) perceived boredom but contributory also are problems with chlorine. I developed a chlorine allergy a few years ago which was (eventually) easily remedied by the simple addition of a nose clip, which I initially hated,…

Backup pool sessions

One can carry as many session plans to the pool as one likes, but some days one just wants to do something else… For me when this happens (as it did both yesterday and today), I fall back on one of a couple of standard sessions. Yesterday’s was 800 metres warm-up, with paddles and pull-buoy. Makes…

Should you be in the fast lane?

I did an hour time trial in the Watershed yesterday. By now in Carrick most (but definetely not all) of the people who use the lane know me. Some have learned and some have refused to learn. Recently I was in a lane for an hour, maybe six people swam in the lane at some…

Just another long pool swim

(WordPress somehow chewed the original of this post, which had followed the Socrates quote, so below is a quick and lazy rewrite). Last Friday we (2010 Channel aspirants) met for a 10 hour pool swim. I had only approximately 4 hours sleep the previous night and was feeling tired but expecting the worst after the…

Preparation for a 10 hour swim…

Alarm clock set to 4 a.m. 2 home-made Solo Bars (560 calories each), 1 ham sandwich, 4 chicken sandwiches, 1 flask of Tomato & pasta soup, 1 flask of coffee, 1.5 litre home-made smoothie, 1/2 litre milk, 4 litres of isotonic drink, 500gr. of grapes, 1 banana, 1 packet recovery drink, 1 small slice of…

The stuff of potential nightmares

Swimming in Cork again yesterday, as Danny still had to do his 20k. Pool was almost empty with just the two of us and Rob & Ned, and one girl in the lane with myself and Danny. Later joined by Ciarán and local/national and International swimming hero, double English Channel soloist, Lisa Cummins for while.…

Saturday Mornings

I love Saturday mornings. Rest day and after 6 1/2 hours session yesterday, it’s even better. Put on some music, have a fruit smoothie, grind and brew the coffee beans, throw on some pancakes. Not training food but pretty nice for a change. Like being a normal human. The Magnificent Seven, and Eddie, assembled at…

Fridays are harder than Mondays.

Our scheduled training week starts on Thursday, but my day off is Saturday. Currently Sunday is sea swimming, so Monday is my first day back in the pool. So right now I swim pool for 5 days straight, finishing the previous week’s schedule on Wednesday and immediately starting the next week’s schedule on Thursday .…

“Magic cups”

Yesterday talking about ice being one of the best solutions for swimmer’s shoulder, brings up the question of the best way to apply ice. My sports masseur, Vinny Power, who is just great, told me of his “magic cups” way. Fill some disposable polystyrene coffee cups with water and freeze. Because they are ‘styrene, you…

First 8 hour swim done -

Happy to have finished. Having contracted yet another lung infection really quickly after the flu earlier this week, I had recovered enough to do a quick hard hour yesterday to test whether my lungs would hold without an asthma attack. One hour isn’t much of test so I did some speed-work to stress the breathing…