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Man from Atlantis!

Man from Atlantis!

Well, not quite. But I’m stupidly pleased with myself today, because I managed to swim 800m this morning, all front crawl, in 25 minutes.  Now, that time won’t impress many of you seasoned triathletes, I’m sure.  But considering in June the only way I could do this was to use mainly breast stroke, I’m completely chuffed with how it’s progressing. As well as that, I managed the first 16 length in 12 minutes,...

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Back in the Saddle

Back in the Saddle

After a couple of weeks of hit and miss training, last week was a good one.  Here’s what I did: Monday – 4 mile run with sprints Tuesday – 10 mile bike with 3 mile brick run (no jelly legs!) Wednesday – Swim Thursday – 7 mile trail run, very hilly (for those who know, Pontypool to Folly Tower to Goytre) Friday (would have been rest day but…) – 5 mile fast MTB (home from taking car to...

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Swimming onwards…

Swimming onwards…

It’s getting better.  At the SwimFit session this week I swam maybe 40 lengths front crawl, and it’s feeling better too.  My technique still isn’t great … I know what to do, but concentrating and trying to do all of it at once means I just turn into a mess.  At present I enjoy swimming with a pull-buoy, and find that a lot easier and much less exhausting.  Basically, until now I’ve been sprinting...

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I Can Swim!

I Can Swim!

Well … for most reading this it’s hardly even a warm-up, but this morning I managed 4 lengths front crawl without stopping, and for me that’s something of a breakthrough.  How did I do it?  I stopped kicking.  Or kicked very slowly and very softly, at least, and still found I was moving almost as quickly as I have been previously!  Much less exhausted.  My style and technique are still all over the place, and...

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Just keep swimming, just keep swimming…

Just keep swimming, just keep swimming…

Ten days til my first triathlon, and this morning I practised a timed 750m swim.  To be honest I wasn’t even sure I could do it, but alternating 50m crawl and 50m breast stroke I managed it in 25 minutes.  Now, I know to a lot of people –– and probably most triathletes –– this is probably a really slow and particularly crappy warm-up, but for me it was a triumph, and it’s made me very happy.  I’m hoping that...

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