Variables

Over the past few years, the first proper long pool swim of the winter usually turns out to be tougher than expected, and almost always with some discovery or other, though I’ve long been of the opinion that every single long swim teaches you something, even if that is only a re-affirmation of the difficulty,…

A long training swim in numbers

Location: Kilkenny Watershed, low chlorine pool. Start time: 9:37 a.m. Pool length: 25m Cost: €5 Current pool depth of adjustable floor: 2.01 metres Time to finish first 3k: 53 mins Worst period: 4th hour Duration sun actually shone through cloud: <1 minute Distance: 20,500 Of which front crawl: 18000 With paddles: 6000 Backstroke: 1000 Kick:…

Just another six hour pool swim

I remember my first six-hour pool. It was done with the Magnificent Seven in Source Swimming Pool in Cork in January of 2009. I’d done  a couple of four-hour swims by myself, just swimming pyramids. I’d also done one five-hour by myself the previous year (pool). But the first six-hour pool swim with the group…

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…

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…