If you follow me on Twitter you will see that recently I have signed up to take part in a number of open water swims next year.
I took part in the Pier to Pier swim earlier this year and loved it. It is the furthest I have swum since starting open water swimming a few years ago being 1.4 miles. Before that I stuck to the 1.5km distance at a lake close to home.
In the last month my shoulder has really improved, but I have noticed that I am not as fit as I was before the shoulder injury hit almost 2 years ago. So I decided to do something about it.
I got a coach and had some 1-2-1 sessions!
Steve the coach has set up Swimpodium and is amazing! I find him so encouraging but totally honest. If you are not doing something he will tell you. He has changed my front crawl over a few sessions, but in subtle ways that were easy to follow.
He has also increased my confidence so much that I went a long and tried a triathlon swimming training session this week! It was hard work, but great fun. We are all there to improve our swimming so there was encouragement all round. And a bit of teasing thrown in for fun 🙂
I also signed up for the club champs in November. Doing all the front crawl races – 25m, 50m, 100m, 200m and 400m. This will give me some baseline times to work from and improve on in the future.
Steve was the one who mentioned swimming 10km in the future. I think he might have been joking, but I love a challenge and a goal! So I started to do a bit of research.
The main site for swimming information in the UK is British Swimming and is amazing. It covers all types of swimming from complete beginners to world champions. There is so much information on there I could spend all day reading it!
The site pointed me in the direction of open water swims across the UK. As I have taken part in 1.5km swims in the past and increased to just over 2km I was looking for a higher distance to do. The next distance is 3km (then striaght to 10km!) so I decided to look at those.
Then I signed up to 7!
- Speedo Eton Swim – 3km
- Speedo Womens Only Swim – 3km
- Great North Swim – 2 miles
- Speedo Windsor Swim – 3km
- Speedo Hampton Court Swim – 2.25 miles
- Speedo Marlow Swim – 3km
- Speedo Poole Swim – 3km
As you can see they vary in distance but most are 3km. Most are around London, which is only 1-2 hours away from where I live so its perfect. I will be making a mini holiday of the Windermere one as I went to University up in Lancaster and it will be nice to pay a visit while I’m up there.
I feel motivated and great. I have a fantastic open water swim season to look forward to and train for. I think this will help me to lose (and keep off) some weight 🙂
My overall goal is to swim the Eton 10km in 2013!