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It’s time for the Christmas Swim again.  Where has this year gone!?  As in previous years we will be doing two equal sessions to ensure everyone can do the same set.  So the 7am session will finish at 8:05am and the next session will start at 8:05am and finish at 9:10am.

The Christmas Swim this year is built on that wonderful trio of technique, challenge and fun.  We will be doing a long block of 100s, off a fairly short turnaround time, to make it a challenge.  The technique comes from what I want you all to focus on during the first and second 100 of each block of 3.  All the 100s are full stroke front crawl but I would like you to think about having an excellent EVF on the first 100 in each block and a good core-driven rotation and push in the second 100 of each block.

The fun part comes from every third 100 where you will get a draw a lucky dip variation from a swimming hat in your lane and do what it says.  It may also vary your recovery time so adding to the challenge element of the session as well!  Please let your fellow swimmers know what the lucky dip element is of each 100 by passing it down the line through the lane as the short turnarounds mean there won’t be time to have a chat or add any extra rest if you want to finish the session.  Please also make sure you start promptly.

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

As it is Easter this weekend we will do a special Easter Swim this Saturday.  It will be a bit like the Christmas Swim except that you earn the right to eat extra Easter Eggs for doing it rather than extra Turkey.  We will also have two equal sessions of an hour and five minutes each, the first one starting at 7am sharp and the second session starting at 8:05am – so please be prompt.  For some thoughts on what to think about in preparation please see my previous post.

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

As the triathlon season is drawing to a close for most people, this Saturday will be the last race season session before we start on Autumn and Winter training.  And to celebrate Will Clarke’s fantastic win in Lanzarote last week I thought we’d do one of his favourite sets of alternating hard and easy 50s, which we have done earlier in the year.  Will won in Lanzarote by only two seconds in a thrilling finish (good race report here) and hopefully this set will help some of us try and emulate Will’s performance in our next race!

Also, a big well done must also go to Lucy for a fantastic second place in Lanzarote while doing most of the bike leg with her brake on –  just to make it that bit harder.  We’ll save a Lucy-inspired swimming session – like the 1km Fly we did as last year’s Christmas Swim – for later in the year…

See you Saturday,

Rob

No big deal this week – just keeping the pace high with a set swum at anaerobic threshold  – so a decent rest but a fast pace.  A reminder in my previous post here if you have forgotten what what means.

We are now well into race season so remember when it’s feeling tough in a race you are training with probably the only club in the country that did 1km of Butterfly for the Christmas Swim this year – so you are likely to be able to hang tough more than your competitors!

See you Saturday!

Rob

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