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Looking at my post of last week it all seems so long ago given all that has changed.  Publishing swimming sessions to do on our own only lasted 24 hours!  But at least we were able to do our online swimming-focused strength and conditioning session and will do a similar session this week.

I must say that in so many ways it has brought out the best in so many people.  The real heroes are our key workers but from a club perspective we have already seen sessions continue with Tim & Heather’s online sessions and Stuart’s Facebook run session to name but a few.  And I have been really impressed by the huge number of online swim-focused activities I have seen people do and would like to mention a few of my favourites from this week:

  • Brenton Ford’s post from Effortless Swimming on 10 things we can do out of the water at present (I like the cold shower one)
  • Lucy Charles and Reece Barclay’s post about dry land swimming training
  • Helen’s short video from SwimEngland about how to deal psychologically with the current challenges
  • Lucy’s toilet roll challenge for keeping people active from 5kyourway
  • Helen Gorman’s 100m IM challenge

I have been inspired by many of these and will incorporate some of the ideas into the session in this and future weeks.  The session this week will be similar to last week with a slightly shorter warm-up and a slightly extended main set and subset.  I also want to make time for a fun challenge at the end of the session with Lucy’s toilet roll challenge.  So this week please can you bring to the session:

  • Stretch cords (proper or homemade) if you can for the main set
  • Something like a bench to lie on for using the stretch cord
  • 6 toilet rolls and 6 tin cans (without panic buying anything) plus a basket large enough for the toilet rolls

If you can’t get together any of the above don’t worry as we will structure the session with alternatives.  Please don’t make any extra journeys out of the house to get them either!

See you Saturday,



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I am really sorry there will be no more CTC sessions for a while until we get through the Covid-19 outbreak.  So how do we keep our training and swim fitness going?  I have several ideas for you:

  1. Do more running and cycling if it is safe to do so while meeting government guidelines about social-distancing.  We are a triathlon club after all so many of us are able to do this and keep in shape.
  2. Find a pool that is still open and do some swimming by yourselves safely while it is still possible.  I have added all of our recent winter sessions onto my page here so you can do some of our recent sessions if you want.
  3. Use one of the many online resources that are springing up for home-based exercises to keep in shape.
  4. Come and join Helen and myself online while we do a swimming-focused strength and conditioning session from our living room on Saturday morning.  I will send out a link on email for when you can join us this week and we plan to do 2 x 45 minutes sessions with the first one starting at 7am and the second one at 8am.  You will only need a towel to lie on, a sofa and a phone or laptop with screen and camera to see what we are doing.  We will be using Zoom video conferencing to make this possible so follow the link in the email to check it out.

Hope to see some of you on Saturday online!



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