Today’s training consisted of an hour of swimming with the Tri Club.
I should have had plenty of time to get ready, but I wasted time when I got home from work and then had to hurry. I got in my car and was halfway to the pool when I realised that I had left my kit bag with my fins, pull buoy and hand paddles in it, so I turned around and went home to get my bag.
After arriving at the pool, my swipe card refused to work, so I had to speak to the staff at reception to let me in. I started changing and then realised that I had left my bag in the car 🙁
This didn’t bode well, and I only just got into the pool on time.
Liz and Asa, a couple of regulars, were already in the pool warming up. I joined in with a 200m crawl warm up. We were then joined by two new chaps, who didn’t seem to be strong swimmers.
We had to scull 25m on our backs (head first), and then we had to return, again on our backs, but this time feet first. It was one of the strangest exercises that I’ve ever done. Liz and I started laughing and I found it really difficult to regain my composure and get moving again.
It was then on to the main set: 25m steady crawl; 50m fast crawl; 25m steady crawl; 30s recovery. We repeated that 14 times!
Finally, we were on to the cooldown: 50m breast stroke; 50m back stroke.
So, after all of my efforts, I didn’t need my fins and hand paddles and only used my pull buoy for 50m!
I felt quite pleased with this evening’s training. I’m now capable of swimming 100m without needing to pause at the end of each length and my shoulder had almost recovered. It’s quite stiff and achy now, but I know it’s getting stronger. I enjoyed the session as I wasn’t the worst one in the pool for a change. Also, I didn’t have to think too hard about what I was meant to be doing!