It’s Christmas Swim time and some of you will be pleased to know that unlike last year there is considerably less Fly – none in fact!  Instead we will be doing our longest session of the year.  For lane 1 it will be 4km, lane 2 it will be 3.7km, lane 3 it will be 3.3km and for lane 4 it will be 3km.  Also, both the 7am and 8am sessions will be the same so to fit it all in the timings for sessions on Saturday will be adjusted as follows:

  • The 7am session will start at 7am promptly at 7am and finish at 8:05am
  • The 8am session will start at 8:05am promptly and finish at 9:10am

Saturday’s session will be our longest session of 2014 and to make it successful there are four things I would like you to do:

  1. Arrive promptly and don’t faff or add any extra rest into the set, otherwise it won’t fit in the time available.  If you are lucky enough to have a Lucy or Juliet in your lane then you will know what it is like to have someone cracking the whip on timings but if not you will have to do it yourselves.  If you are really struggling and can’t make every turnaround just miss out a 50 and join in on the next one.
  2. Pace yourself.  It is the longest session we have done this year, and everyone that comes regularly should be fit enough to complete it, but plan on swimming the second half faster than the first half so go out at a steady pace.
  3. Technique, technique, technique.  When you are finding it tough, or even when you are not, please do try and focus on swimming with good technique and doing as perfect a stroke as you can.  Try and stay relaxed when you think about your technique.  You should swim as efficiently as possible, keeping those elbows high at the catch, breathing out all the time underwater and maintaining a good body position.  It will require some mental effort to do this as well as physical effort.
  4. Smile and enjoy it!

See you Saturday,

Rob

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