Over the last few months, I’ve filled this blog, with generally waffle posts.
This year I am going to undertake Marie Curie Swimathon, the 30th one, and a swimming challenge to raise funds for Arthritis Care, Gateshead Branch.
My aim is, and I think I’ve mentioned this previously, is to swim “a marathon in a month, with a marathon in a week”.
I know this sounds a little confusing, but I will explain.
A marathon, when ran, is 26.195 miles or just under, 42200m. A swimming marathon, is 10km. So my plan is to swim 42200m in a month (1688 lengths of a 25 pool), with at least 10km (400 lengths) being swam in the final week. Arthritis Care week.
Obviously, I can’t just dive in there and swim it. It will take 2-3 months before hand of training, building up my distances and further increasing my fitness.
Training, of any kind, is a bit tougher right now, because the pools are busier and some people seem unfamiliar with the “rules of the pool”.
Last Saturday, I was swimming on the pools “training lanes” only to have someone swim into me, head first, as they were swmiming on the wrong side of the lane.
On Monday, I was forced to abandon my plan to swim 2km, after I was joined by two social swimmers, who swam a slow “breast stroke” side by side, while chatting, making it impossible to swim at any pace but theirs. Overtaking resulted in being kicked, as the had a wide legged, scissor kick, in opposed to a frog type kick, resulting in flailing legs!
The life guards are supposed to intervene in situations like this, but failed to and speaking to their manager didn’t help either.
Anyway, my focus over the next fews will be on my training and preparation for this challenge and this blog, I hope, will help chart some of this.