long time not much splosh

Oh dear, see what happens when I don’t have a goal? A week of swimming, followed by a holiday, followed by busy time, followed by [etc etc] and before I know it it’s September – and the last post was in May! I could have had a May to September romance in this time (that’s what that term means, right)!

In the interim, I suppose I haven’t done nothing! I have:

  • taken a series of Japanese classes!
  • watched the Olympics!
  • Picked up a long abandoned cardigan I am knitting and got back to work on the ratted thing!
  • Er…
  • Eaten a lot of…. toast?

Swimming wise, I have had a summer of South London Lidos! I have visited Brockwell, Charlton and Tooting Lido. And in each one, I can’t have done more than a couple of hundred metres amongst the general floating around.

The last time I went to Brockwell Lido it was quite odd – it tasted very SALTY! The pool had a huge deposit of dirt about three quarters on the way to the deep end where the pool must have a little valley down there, causing a large brown water area. It was fine and I didn’t dispute the water was fine to swim in, but the salt! Oy.

To get back on the horse, I have started the sign up process for the Aspire Channel Swim, 22 miles in a pool in 12 (I think?) weeks. The sign up isn’t finished, as they don’t consider it complete until a justgiving page is completed… we’ll see…



long time not much splosh

3 Feb -rinsed

DISTANCE: 1,125m
TIME: 45mins

Another trip to the Aquatics Centre. Reasonable enough swim without any pull buoy use, mostly all fairly feeble crawl apart from lane jams which reduce speed to slow head above water BR, or faff around pretending I can do dolphin kick mermaid style (arms by side).

Should have been 1,150 but kept having to abandon length halfway down a length due to lane jams.

Tried to focus on keeping fingers pointed down during the under water bits. Didn’t choke too much which was nice. A tiny bit of cramp but on last length only. Still struggle to breathe every 3 strokes. Thankfully the lengths didn’t feel as long as they did at crypal, which is probably because the pool was busier and more people distracting? Tried not to rest for too long, was probably OK at that? IDK!

Children were hanging around at the end of the pool having grand fun getting in the way/submerging, at least until they accidentally got kicked in the head by yours truly when I couldn’t see them! Bit annoying, it’s meant to be a 16+ swim and it’s not as if there aren’t other training pools. Grrr.

NB Definitely not just jealous cos the kids could hold their breath longer than ME ahem.

Tonight I try a new (to me) 30m pool soooo


3 Feb -rinsed

06 Jan – coff coff

Happy new year, less happy old year’s cold. During my festive, er, taper, I of course came down with a cold. I am still coughing and sneezing a little and have not been in the pool yet.

But today I intend to break my duck (gotta be a better swimming metaphor for this?), surely I cannot be as infectious any more and I can’t put it off forever.

Helpful advice from swimswam.com seems to be ‘swim anyway! The Olympics won’t wait!’ which is fair enough. What would Matsuoka Rin do? What would Liam Tancock do?

Me, I shall head to the pool at lunchtime and hope for the best…

06 Jan – coff coff

18 dec – netflix and drill

Last working Friday of the year, the high holy day of pub amateurs – what an excellent day for a swim. Accompanied by DJ Chlorine, we had the lanes to ourselves for a fair while and excitingly I learnt a DRILL!

STATS: unmeasured. In pool until pruney and crampy, which indicates no less than 30 minutes at least.

THOUGHTS: lovely empty pool…

SWIM ITSELF: 2x BR, then 2x FC, 2x pool bouy, 2x FC, 2x BR, 2x PB, 2x BR (all this approx from memory, addled by time, chlorine and some pizza express wine), at which point DJ Chlorine joins me from the Fast Lane to give me an impromptu swimming lesson! SO EXCITING!


  • lesson 1: see how long you can do fc for without taking a breath. I am not sure how long it was but it was more than 5 metres (I wish the pool had more measure lines on the pool floor…).
  • lesson 2: catch-ups! here is my favourite youtube swimming coach, coach robb, of “pool boo-ey” fame, showing us about them.  Benefit of this = getting longer reach – going further and using less energy than frantic splashing! Thus:
  • lesson 3: THE WRIGGLY WORM, i.e how to do dolphin kick! I managed about three wiggles underwater before cramp called me but I pretty much felt like I was the Michael Fishman Phelps of the slow lane.

MARKS OUT OF TEN: DJ Chlorine is very kind and said my fc was doing OK! My tips are to do some more with pool bouy, to keep making arm go high above the water and basically “swim more”. I also intend to practice catch-ups a lot, I enjoyed them a lot more than I thought I would when they were being shown. BR review: probably not that good! But I’ve had years getting into bad habits and Not Trying I suppose!

TO DO: more catch-ups! More FC underwater before breathing. Heels closer to BUM in br. (Some wriggly worm underwater when no-one is watching…)

But for now it is the festive season so I will probably have a break for a while to improve my bouyancy by eating as much quality street as possible whilst intaking much needed hydration courtesy of my friend Harvey S. Bristol-Cream.

18 dec – netflix and drill