Feb 142017
 February 14, 2017  Posted by  Comments Off on Final Coaching Session

Last Thursday I had my final coaching session with Ray Gibbs at Swim Canary Wharf. It was very good and I have made a lot of progress; I now have to bed the technique in, so it’s more drills. I may have some more lessons next winter. Here are the videos that Ray took during the session…

Here’s what I’m working on

whilst I increase my mileage for my next challenge which one mile every hour for 24 hours at 2Swim4Life

Jan 072017
 January 7, 2017  Posted by  Comments Off on Swim Canary Wharf #2

I went back to the endless pool at Swim Canary Wharf last Thursday lunchtime. Here are the videos from that coaching session. I have definitely improved since my first session and my stroke is much more efficient. I know this from the amount of effort I put in.

I think that part of the benefits of coaching is paying a significant amount of money means that I put a lot of effort into my homework.

The homework is in itself pretty boring and repetitive, but necessary if you want to improve. I am often pretty slow in the pool and I am having to turn off that racing mentality and just stick to the drills. This does mean not getting into races with pepes in the pool – what I am trying to do is to teach an old dog new tricks which is hard!

Here’s what I’ll be up to in the pool for the next month:

Nov 032016
 November 3, 2016  Posted by  Comments Off on Swim Canary Wharf #1

I went to see Ray Gibbs at Swim Canary Wharf at lunchtime today. It was definitely very worthwhile and now I have my homework to do!

Here are the videos that Ray took and which I am digesting…

and here’s my homework

Jun 212016
 June 21, 2016  Posted by  Comments Off on Champion of Champions
On Saturday I became a British Long Distance Swimming Association (BLSDA) Champion of Champions! This event took place in Dover Harbour and consisted of a 5 mile, 3 mile and a one mile swim. There are various cut-off times for each of the swims, so the faster you swim the more rest you get. It [...]
Aug 022014
 August 2, 2014  Posted by  Comments Off on Waxham Sands 2014
Last week from Monday 28 July – Friday 1 August we camped at our usual camp site at Waxham Sands. There was Mandy’s brother, children and his eldest girls boyfriend as well Mandy’s Mum and our mob. I took my racing bike on our carrier and went on two 30km rides to Happisburgh via Horsey [...]