#Janathon Day 24–WinterSwim and Intervals

This lunchtime was a return to the pool. The planned session coincided nicely with a 1 mile WinterSwim effort (planned session was a straight 1 mile swim). A few seconds could be knocked off with having to chop and change lanes a couple of times and someone not letting me past. So 1 mile in 38 minutes dead. Only later would I find out that the WinterSwim effort was actually only for 1500m. A quick look at my splits shows that the 1500m was done in 35m 40s. Delighted with this – if I can improve my endurance and keep this pace, I’m looking (wishfully!) at a 1hr 30m swim for the Outlaw. I’m under no illusions though – that is a very big IF!

This evening was a return to the running club. 2 session were on offer – either 600m repeats, or 400m repeats. Neither sounded that appealing, but I found myself drifting towards the 400m squad, and actually quite enjoyed it. Think the slowest split was 1m 32s. Including warm-up and warm-down meant a total of 5.72 miles this evening.

I’ve also signed up at the running club to help out with the beginners squad and also expressed an interest in the Leaders for Running and Fitness qualification.

Alongside #fitteam12 and #plankaday today has left me knackered. My better food wise though, so happy days.

Finally came across this video this afternoon. Apologises to whoever passed it my way, I can’t remember who did. Anybody doing a marathon later this year, you’ve got this to look forward to.

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#Janathon Day 12 – WinterSwim

WinterSwim

I really didn’t fancy this swim today. I had originally planned to go to my tri clubs swim session this evening, but a couple of beers with friends is on the table for tonight and so this lunchtime I had the option of either swimming or running for Janathon. This does of course ruin the Level 1 Challenge of #drychallenge for January’s #fitteam12 for me, but I very rarely drink at the best of times, so I’m really not too fussed.

Looking at the pool timetable it showed 25m lanes, and so the decision was made. Plus I needed to record an 800m time for this round of WinterSwim.

Every swim session this week has seen me puffing and panting. My arms have been aching and not really responding. So to consider an 800m effort today was just stupid, and I started expecting the worst. However once I got going everything didn’t seem too bad. I managed to blag a lane to myself and nobody joined me until about 350m had passed. Even then though the couple of people that did come in were very good and got out the way when necessary, and I only got stuck behind them for 2 lengths. Whilst I think this may have slowed me slightly, I think it probably also let me grab my breath as well, so it worked both ways probably.

Finishing I glanced at my watch. It started with an 18. Unbelievable. For a while now I’ve had a made up goal of being able to swim 40 minute miles in time for Outlaw in July. If (and its a very big IF!) I could hold a similar pace to this, it could be as low as 36 minutes. Still plenty of work to do, but at least some light at the end of the tunnel – which there hasn’t been with me and swimming for quite sometime.

Great Eastern Swim

This week I’ve been looking at events to enter, and I really enjoyed the Great London Swim in 2011 but unfortunately it clashes with the Great Manchester Run this year so I’m not able to do it. I have however come across The Great East Swim and am planning to enter the 2 mile race. Anybody done this event before? Anybody planning to do it this year? I thought abradypus had done it, but I couldn’t find anything on their blog.

#Janathon Day 3–Alarms Clocks and Late Starts

alarm-clock

And so it ends. The Christmas break that is, and some kind of return to normality. No more mince pies (well, actually I think there are some in the cupboard), no more Quality Street (even I can’t bring myself to eat the coconut ones) and worse of all (well, best of all since my boss sometimes reads this!) a return to work.

My alarm clock was set for 5.40am so I could get to the pool for this mornings swim session. It went off I opened my eyes and switched it off, safe in the knowledge another would go off in 5 minutes time. That 5 minutes changed to be an hour and a half later – the 2nd alarm hadn’t been set. Still, I at least got to work early if nothing else.

As for exercise, well the swim changed to lunchtime and ended up being 1km instead of 1 mile. I also did my 400m time for #winterswim. Some weeks back I recorded a time of 9m 25s for 400m, but since then had been swimming regularly and really felt like improvements were being made. My 400m time today – 9m 26s. Ah well.

Then tonight, got in from work, straight into running clothes and out for a 3.6m run. I’m meant to be running in Zone 2 at the moment, but didn’t wear my Heart Rate Monitor and think I pushed it a bit too much tonight. Ah well.

Then in through the door to do the #fitteam12 legs challenge (10 squats, 10 lunges, 8-8, 6-6, 4-4, 2-2, 4-4, 6-6, 8-8, 10-10) and then #plankaday for 60 seconds. I should really do the next day of the #pushup challenge and the #situp challenge, but might wait for the Eastenders theme tune.

Finally, think tonight signals the start of ITV’s Biggest Loser. I don’t know why but I really like this show. I’ve already Sky+’d it. Normally I hate reality tv style shows, but for some reason I’m really looking forward to this one.

WinterSwim 2011

WinterSwim is an excellent little incentive to really focus on improving swimming technique (and ultimately times one hopes!) through the cold winter months. Its open to all abilities, and it does some clever stuff with working out your improvement relative to your base 400m time.

For the 2nd year I’ve signed up. Lasts years was a short lived event, when I realised I could just about ‘not drown’ for 400m and when looking to submit my time realised I not only had by far the slowest time, it was off the radar in comparison to the other ‘slower’ times. I stopped at that point, realising I had more important swimming lessons to concentrate on, vowing a return at some point in the future.

And so here I am. My last (timed) 400m pool swim was done as part of the HSV Triathlon in September and I managed to survive for a time of 10m 30s – slighted disappointed as I was hoping for around 10 minutes.

A fortnight ago I recorded my base time, and as testament to the improvements being made slowly but surely with my tri club swimming sessions I post 9m 35s. This afternoon I returned, after a weights session this morning, to post a time of 9m 25s. So there I have my base time.

It’ll be interesting to see how swimming progresses through the winter months. Its not too late to enter by the way, a 400m base time needs to be posted to WinterSwim before Monday 28th November if you’re interested in taking part.