Forgotten how to swim?

10 February 2015

Not done any swimming training lately, what a nightmare. Spent last week skiing in Switzerland and have been advised (by fellow holiday makers) that I have caught “The Torgon Plague”.

I normally swim on Mondays with the local triathlon club but decided to go straight to my regeneration chamber (bed) instead. Planning on doing one or two sessions at the pool this week, just to try and get my stroke back. I had prior to skiing and catching the lurgy built up to swimming 30 mins, by adding 5 minutes every week at my long swim session. Hopefully I will get back up to this soon, I reckon I easily swim a length in 30 seconds, so this means I am swimming 1500m

I have a gait analysis booked at the weekend, so am hopefully going to attempt another return to running soon. Now skiing is over and done with, I can dare start training more, without fear of injury.

My local open water venue doesn’t open until May, so am slightly concerned I won’t get much training in before my Derwentwater swim. I know 1500m isn’t too far and it’s one of the reasons I chose the event but I am concerned it will be very different swimming for this long in open water.

I’m still planning on doing a 2 mile event later in the year but not sure how I will ever get up to that distance!


Mick Byrne

Mick Byrne

Mick is currently obsessed with swimming. He has previously been obsessed with fell running, mountain biking, climbing, skiing and pretty much any outdoor activity. He is recovering from injury, so while unable to run, looked for other types of events to enter.

For some stupid reason he thought open-water swimming sounded like “a good challenge”. He has swam a couple of laps of the local quarry in an old surfing wetsuit, found it terrifying, identified lots of imaginary hazards and entered the Derwentwater swim.

When it’s not weekend, Mick works as a Web Developer.

  • Location: Staffordshire
  • Event entered: Derwent Island 1500m Swim
  • Favourite outdoor activity: Scrambling
  • Favourite cake: Coffee and Walnut

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