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…

Swimming notation – updated

I know I posted a version of this a year ago (or so). So here’s an updated version with some more information on it. My sister mentioned the other day that it looked like I was writing code occasionally, and I guess I am, but it’s not a secret code. This is the “code” of…

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…

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…

“No man…”

“No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.” -Socrates * I’m obviously not responsible for the inherent misogyny of two and a half thousand years ago…

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…

1.00032 x 10^6 m

I thought it would be Monday, but actually it was yesterday that I passed one million meters since September. We’ve dropped the weekly distance slightly in the last few weeks at Eilís’ instruction. At the same time though, there are less days off, as it’s now two days in the sea per week. I count…

…and after.

And here’s the state of us 9 hours later. You’re all a twisted bunch. :-) Only a hour or two after posting, this leaps to being my most popular post. You’re all just jealous of how good we look. Believe me now about the bloating from being in the water? (Not to mention the added…

Before…

Ignoring the fact that we are such a handsome bunch of men you’ll be distracted, here are 6 of the Magnificent Seven before a 9 hour swim. Thanks Liam for the video.

dead day

Since training began, I have of course missed training days due to ‘flu, asthma, RL, etc. But until yesterday I never had a day where I just said “feck it” and didn’t go to the pool. Retrospectively I can see excuses. Mild asthma attack while swimming monday, first in months causing me to finish early…

The stuff of potential nightmares (if I was younger)

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…

The most frequent question I get

“What do you think about?” Usually phrased more like: “What the bloody hell do you think about? It must be hellishly boring”. A lot of the time that kind of misunderstands swim training. Since I’m always working to Eilish’ program, usually I thinking specifically about what I’m supposed to be doing right now. This works…

Pool Temperature

Normal temperature for most pools is, I believe around 28.5 Deg. Celsius. My friend Clare (pool manager) says a variation of 0.3 Deg Celsius will noticed by casual but regular swimmers. Today’s pool temperature was… 30.6 Deg. C.! Yes, a full 2 degrees above normal. It was like swimming in a sauna. And I had…