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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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Yes, it’s that time of year already for the fun and frolics of the CTC Saturday Christmas Swim.  This year’s theme is called “Clarklemas Heroes” as it’s a fusion of our favourite elements from previous Christmas Swims and the Will Clarke hard/easy 50s main set we’ve enjoying swimming before.  And we need some heroes to do the session, too!  We’re keeping with tradition and making it the longest distance session of the year but with the added seasonal spice of some faster paced 50s to add to the fun.  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

To make it successful there are four things, like last year, that 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 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

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

Prime numbers are one of the simplest ideas in Mathematics and also one of the most complex to understand.  They are taught in primary school when learning Mathematics yet also stretch the minds of some of the greatest Mathematicians today with some major unsolved problems.  They are used to create beautiful patterns, are the foundation of the security used to protect us on the Internet and also occur is many areas of nature.

What is Rob on, I hear you cry!  Has he hit the Christmas Sherry earlier than usual this year?!  What have prime numbers got to do with swimming?  The answer  to the first question is, alas, “no” and the second question is “not a lot”.  However, you will need to know all the prime numbers under 30 to be able to do the main set in the session this week.  So if you don’t know what a prime number is, a Prime Number can be divided evenly only by 1, or itself. And it must be a whole number greater than 1.  Hence, the prime numbers under 30 are 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23 & 29.

See you Saturday!

Rob

Well done to all those that did the time trials last week – you should now have a good baseline to measure improvements you make in your stroke and/or fitness over the Winter.  I will plan to do one of these sessions every two months on the last Saturday of the month. Therefore, the next one will be at the end of January and the one after that at the end of March.

By now I am sure you will all know that Christmas is fast approaching as you are excitedly opening your advent calendars every morning.  This means that we are on the countdown to the Saturday Christmas Swim so we will do a bit more swimming every week to burn off the chocolate you are eating from your advent calendars every morning.  Like all good Christmas presents the exact format of the Christmas Swim will be an exciting surprise for those that come along on 20th December.  However, I can say that it will involve more swimming than we normally do, will have lots of front crawl and is likely to be a challenge that will make your Christmas Turkey taste even better than usual!

We have two weeks to get ready for the Christmas Swim and will start this week with a long set of 100s off fairly short turnarounds.  My main requests when doing this type of set are two-fold:

  1. Please try and relax as much as possible early on in the set and focus on a relaxed and efficient technique.
  2. Try and maintain your speed as you go through the set by focusing on your technique, and whatever aspects of your stroke help you keep relaxed and efficient. Use whatever you can to remind yourself to think about your technique, such as making every third repetition a technique focused one or focusing on the last length of every other 100.

See you Saturday!

Rob

It will be the Christmas Swim this Saturday and as I mentioned last week there will be a 1K Fly challenge for those that want to try it.  Most people did 450m Fly in the session two weeks ago and 750m Fly in the session last week so 1K of Fly should be achievable for many of us if you do Fly drills where necessary.  We will be breaking it up with plenty of 100s front crawl, as well as a couple of Brucey-bonus extra rests, so the key to achieving this challenge will be to pace yourself and drop back to doing a much easier Fly drill – such as single-arm – when you need to.

Of course, like all our sets, it is optional whether or not you do the Fly at all and if you really can’t, or don’t want to, you can always do back stroke or breast stroke instead when I have put Fly in the set.  I won’t be offended!  Please just make sure that what you end up swimming fits in with your fellow lane swimmers so you don’t disrupt the lane.

The Christmas Swim this year should be a personal challenge and I suggest you aim to swim it at a level that is right for you.  Some of you could not swim Butterfly at all until a couple of weeks ago so doing even half of the session this week is an achievement you should be proud of.  However, if you want some ideas on a suitable “level” of challenge then I suggest the following as a guide:

  • Level 1 – you read this and decide you will give it a go.
  • Level 2 – you set your alarm 10 minutes earlier for Saturday to make sure you are on time.
  • Level 3 – you get up when your alarm goes off and make sure you are on the poolside 5 minutes before the session starts.
  • Level 4 – you start the session at a nice steady pace with the aim of getting as far as possible.
  • Level 5 – you swim at least half of the session.
  • Level 6 – you swim 75% of the session.
  • Level 7 – you swim all of the repetitions and miss only 100m of the distance.
  • Level 8 – you swim at least 50% of the Fly.
  • Level 9 – you swim 75% of the Fly.
  • Level 10 – you do the whole session swimming all the Fly.
  • Level 20 – you do both sessions!
  • Level 30 – you do both sessions with a hangover, wearing a t-shirt and baggy shorts, while singing “We wish you a Merry Christmas” during the rest intervals…

See you Saturday!

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