may 25th – let’s just pretend that smear is ‘decor’

DISTANCE: 1,300m

TIME: 45mins

For once my own timing (THANK YOU, ENORMOUS CRYSTAL PALACE CLOCK! The clock is so wonderful. 水泳の気持ち!) and the Wonder Widget are in sync! However, I am dead chuffed with this as I thought I had only done 1,200 – an extra 100m is something I shall not sneeze at!

A swim of two halves Brian – first 500m or so felt a long, slow, and TIRING struggle. I am reluctantly concluding that warming up properly takes 500m rather than 50m. Can this really be correct, esp when you’re as cr4p as I am? I do only seem to start settling after a longer time.

However, the latter half felt a LOT better! And I managed two lengths (not in a row), breathing every three strokes – and felt like it wasn’t actually that bad. BUT, I know I couldn’t have done this in the first 500m, where breathing every other strokes was still a bit of a gasp.

It is like this with running for me as well though – first 3.5km is always pretty painful – only really seem to start “enjoying” the process at around 4km – and is that because you know the end is in sight? Never quite worked it out. (This is from treadmill experience, where the 3km seems to last FOREVER and brings an existential dread that you will never get any better or faster and time turns to treacle).

And speaking of existential dread – part of the reason why the DREAD kicked in on the treadmill was that the gym always showed awful SKY NEWS. I thought I would escape that with swimming, but Oasis – for whatever BARMY REASON – has a TV in changing room and it is tuned to – yes ofcourse – SKY NEWS!! What is it with Sky News and people in lycra?? Seriously! Isn’t some channel repeating Frasier? Or – there’s enough fitness telly out there – WHY SKY? Presumably the venues are paying extra for Sky Services too – wouldn’t it be more economical to put on the HORROR channel so we would watch some old Doctor Who whilst squeezing into the SLAZENGER?

But at least their changing rooms are sparkling, which is more than I can say about CryPal. Of course CryPal has more KIDS – but it is not that nice repeating to self “just ignore the smear, just ignore the BROWN SMEAR in the cubicle”. (On saying that, there’s loads of cubicles and space – which is more than I can say for Kings Cross – so tbh it’s no deal breaker. Just a bit… erghh, meh…)

I actually suspect CryPal keeps hiring cleaners but they just get LOST in the maze that is the sports centre. There’s probably someone they hired in 1964 stuck in a cupboard with their foot stuck in a bucket…

Well, quite. Anyway, I’d best go – another exciting day of keeping my eye on the European Masters livestream (chaos) awaits, so,

SEE YOU NEXT WATER TIME

may 25th – let’s just pretend that smear is ‘decor’

20 may – whingy whinge

I’m afraid this write-up won’t really acknowledge much more than the fact that I went to a swimming pool for a period of time. I’d had a bad morning, with a strange series of chest pains from the time I woke up. And as I type this on the 22nd, they’re still lurking around. I was a little worried I would be in no state to swim, but I was better by the afternoon, so took myself along to the pool, whinging like a TIRED BABY the entire time.

The swim itself was reasonable, but I felt very unenergetic for a good while. Didn’t feel very strong either.  Cheered up eventually, and felt much better for it afterwards! I would guess I was probably in the water for half an hour.

Followed up the swim with a quick visit to the pub, where I had a delicious 1.5pints of Partizan “dry-hopped” mild – very tasty – and had a very important conversation about Neko Atsume and LENTILS (one of my cats is called Lentils – it is such a good name for a cat! Be warned, future cats!).

PS- is Whingy Whinge a good drag queen name or am I merely inspired by Thorgy Thor?

20 may – whingy whinge

MAY 7 – heated lido!

My second attempt at going to Charlton Lido, and happily a successful one, despite the best efforts of the pigeons at London Bridge trying to kill me, and football being on at Charlton. Burnley? West Ham? Charlton themselves? Who could even tell?

Wonder Widget says I did 1,200m, but I think actual swimming distance isn’t more than 800m. After a few laps (in the medium lane!), the swimming lessons in the two furthest lanes ended, so they shifted all the lanes about, to mild confusion to the inexperienced lido swimmers. My friend and I took this as an opportunity to do handstands and flips in the ‘general’ end. What a treat to go to a pool in the sunshine and to be able to play around in it without being a d1ck! After the flips, we went back to swim some laps. I did *try* to go back to the medium lane, but people were being all fast in it again, so back to the slow lane it was.

Very very nice to swim outside in the first actually sunny weekend! Very odd to turn your head to breath and be blinded by the strange yellow face in the sky. And really fun to see your shadow swimming with you underwater!  I had a GRATE time.

However, it does turn out that I am not very good at doing underwater flips and stuff, which surprises me! I had a lot of fun doing some in… the sea? Is probably the last time? Chlorine RIGHT up the sinuses, headache city.

*watches dream of ever learning a tumble turn fading into the lamented distance*

SEE YOU NEXT SLOW TURN TIME

MAY 7 – heated lido!

MAY 3 – quick splash

DISTANCE: 627m

TIME: 24mins.

Quick swim this evening as I had a strategy session to get to on the other side of town. Good job I did too – I think I nabbed the last unreserved table! As I forgot to write this up earlier, I don’t have much to say about it, so instead can we talk about the tacky baby Phelps photo? I knew Phelps was boring but I didn’t know his publicity was done by Spencer Rowell. And, Boomer? I mean, if that was the name of a Nandos Meal Deal I’d give the man some credit, but as it is he might have well called the child Cylon.

I WISH THEM ALL WELL!

MAY 3 – quick splash

april 25 -splashmouth

DISTANCE: 924m

TIME: 48mins

“I’m going for my most half-arsed swim ever”, I inform my colleagues, as I head to the pool this lunchtime. Tired Monday-itis in full swing and I can NOT be bothered. But I still head over to the pool anyway, knowing somewhere deep down that that would be better than lying down under Jeremy Bentham’s chair to sleep until they move me on.

Swim was FINE in the end, but I am annoyed as once again my lap counting was off. In fact, I thought I had done one extra lap than I intended, but actually I’d done one less. CHIZ 😦

At one point I had the slow lane to myself for a minute so I tried another SPRINT! I did not make it to the end of the pool, alas. I think I made it to over 25m but then ended up getting too little oxygen and too much chlorine in mouth… oops. Let’s call it a work in progress.

I even considered trying a length of BACKSTROKE for one crazy moment – but I’m not brave/crazy enough for that yet, even in an empty lane…

As for !SUPER SPLASH BRO! who turned up about halfway through the session: tell me, how can your splash STILL hit me and make me splutter even when I am breathing on the OPPOSITE side to where you are swimming past me?! Gahhhh!!! Still – I suspect I would have to put up with this when I am in  RACING CONDITIONS? (yeah yeah “turtle grand prix” is that)? So perhaps I shall just consider this guy to be getting me practicing for TOKYO 2020! (I have decided to spend Rio in front of the telly eating chorizo sausage and regret nothing, sorry Team GB).

SEE YOU NEXT WATER TIME

april 25 -splashmouth

22 April – all of the lights alluvthelihhhhts

Distance: 850m.
Time: 41mins

A new pool today! A ladies evening session at King’s Cross. A 25m pool featuring “mood lighting” and a play pool AND jacuzzi?! Radio Rental! Points of note:

1. I tried my first ever sprints! Actually rather fun! Coach Chlorine made me do another one halfway down the pool as we were finishing up so she could check me out. The review was not bad, which is Coach being very kind to my sluggish ways. I am told I could work on hand entering the water in a smoother way with less splashes. Apparently I am not too bad at this when going at usual slow ways (‘working on my form’) but flailed a bit more when attempting speed. Fair enough! I will try again when in a relatively free 25m pool. Alas, the last sprint brought on cramp immediately on my shove off the wall. I think I may have pushed off too hard – something that I have read about that real swimmers do! So whilst it hurt – lookitme! Making mistakes actual fast swimmers make! Where is my FASTSKIN?

2. flipping heck KX pool has the tiniest changing rooms ever. I don’t even K.

3. Realised a little more about the mechanics of wonder widget. Having left my phone at home, I wasn’t able to update the pool length from 50m to 25m. On syncing at home, it told me I did 34 lengths, total distance 1700m. Um… Whilst I would love to do 1700m in 41m I strongly doubt it. So what it must do is simply register turns, and base it’s tracking on the distance you’ve pre-established on the app. I guess that’s cool? But it confirms that it’ll never track laps where you’ve had to turn around halfway through or anything like that. Hmm, ah well. I am pleased enough with this distance and time, given it involved a bit of chatting and getting in and out of the pool to fetch pull buoys! Only did 2 pull buoy lengths in the end.

4. Jacuzzis are bonkers.

22 April – all of the lights alluvthelihhhhts