TIME: about 40mins, lost track.
CRAMP FACTOR: shock and awe – at lap 18 the cramp kicked in. I tried to stretch it out whilst staying in the pool, (I was swimming outside in 4 degree temp – I’m not getting out unless absolutely necessary), but it had no effect. I then tried to swim through it to see if I could swim it off – one agonising lap later – no, no I couldn’t. What is the swimming equivalent of limping? The cramp from the sole started to feel like it was extended up my leg. A good stand on the painful foot once OUT of the pool resolved it, but otherwise… nooooo. I am really concerned that cramp puts a hard STOP to swimming. In swimathon (as I understand it), you’re only allowed to get out of the pool once to go for a wee, so in the event of CRAMP, I wouldn’t be allowed to get out and stretch it? In which case, with cramp like this, I’d just have to… abandon?? Very worried about this!
WHAT TO DO – MY IDEAS?
- a much stricter stretching regime (I shall try and ‘spec this out’ in a future post I guess?)
- remember to eat the banana that you put in your bag in the morning but forgot about?
- continue to eat crisps as much as possible
- engage in multivitamin practices
- look up which relatively organised religion has the most gods and pray to them all
- I don’t know! I don’t know!
BUT ON THE POSITIVE SIDE: bilateral breathing! Bilateral breathing! BILATERAL! BREATHING (yes yes we get it – Ed.) I managed a full lap breathing every three strokes! I am very impressed with myself! I shall have to get Coach Chlorine to advise (providing I can do it again AT ALL) on whether my “form” hem-hem disintegrates into rapid flailing – but it’s a start! Yay! Yay!
DID YOU LEARN ANYTHING ELSE TODAY: why yes I did – when I am underwater I exhale out – obv this involves a good rinsing out of the mouth with chlorine. I am suspecting this impacts on ALL SOUP, because I had a thai chicken soup for lunch and it MUNG to high heaven. Zero taste. The same thing happened with miso soup! Oh no! I guess I will have to stick to sandwiches oh no.