Light at the End of the Tunnel?

Posted on: 21 Aug 2019

Monday 5th August – Light at the End of the Tunnel?

This time I turned up at the pool at 16:15 and found that all was calm with just a sprinkling of children playing around. After another 20 minutes unto the session, the pool was basically my own. Great!

The plan today was to build on the freestyle technique and duration. The session which lasted 50 minutes without a break was made up of two lengths breaststroke, two lengths freestyle. As always less stressful moment getting back in the breaststroke, but there is a hint of getting into a mechanical mode with the freestyle, albeit not consistent. There were moments of comfortability with the freestyle although just fleeting moments, it is just trying to find out what causes this.

50 minutes later I was glad that the plan was stuck to throughout the session, it felt like I had achieved something that I probably wouldn’t have been able to do last week. I felt a bit tired, probably due to other chores earlier in the day on the farm in the sweltering heat of 30C+ with no food since breakfast at 07:00 this morning.

I also noticed during the session that I had a little bit of cramp in my calve areas. I worked through this but thought if the waters were colder, this couldn’t have been an issue. On top of that it was obvious I was dehydrated before I started the swim. Definitely more liquid intake on future training days needed to combat this.

All in all, progress has been seen so quite content and a light at the end of the tunnel can be seen with the freestyle – perhaps.

There is also a plan to visit the Black sea next weekend and the following weekend. There is a stretch of coast I have found that is dedicated to swimmers/scuba divers and is about 1 kilometre in length. So I plan to swim that both ways and get two kilometres under my belt. It will be with only a tow float and no wetsuit though for two reasons.

The first is, it is too hot with temperatures of 30C plus Secondly, I figured out that swimming in the sea is like swimming in freshwater with a wetsuit anyway with the increased buoyancy with the salt content. This is why I rose so high up on the previous occasion trying the wetsuit out, it was like wearing two wetsuit hence high riding legs with breaststroke.

Things to come.....

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