Back by popular demand is a variant of the Christmas Swim we did last year – a mix of 100s and 50s with a festive variety of some easy and some challenging turnarounds and efforts.  But it’s bigger and better than last year as we have one and a half hours for each session!

Note that the session is designed to be a challenge for those doing a single one and a half hour session.  I know some of you indicated in my poll that you’d like to do two sessions.  If you are planning to try more than one session please do be considerate to your club mates by only doing so if there is space, and consider moving to a different lane, as it looks like we will have a very full pool, especially in lane 1.

Key things to note:

  • The first session will start promptly at 7am and finish at 8:30am
  • The second session will start at 8:30am promptly and finish at 10:00am

As it’s even bigger and better than last year there are now five things that I would like you to do:

  1. Bring a drink and any nutrition you may need to swim for one and half hours, including some fast-paced swimming.
  2. Arrive promptly and don’t faff or add any extra rest into the set (except for the Brucey Bonus rests), otherwise it won’t fit in the time available.  If you are really struggling and can’t make every turnaround just miss out a 50 and join in on the next one.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Smile, relax as much as possible and enjoy it!

See you Saturday,

Rob

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