Tuesday, 18 April 2017
I didn't enter swimathon in 2016, after the heady heights of 5 swimathons in 3 days in 2015 as part of two-way Windermere training, it seemed that anything would have been an anticlimax.
However, 2017 was a return to this annual pool event. 200 lengths of the pool and this time I would do it three times. I'd been feeling in pretty good form since getting back from this year's trip to Tenerife and having had two 1:1s with Dan Bullock so although I wasn't hopeful for a new PB (Peebee set in #2 of 2015 was 1:20:19) I was hoping for some respectable times.
To my surprise, I finished the first swimathon in 1:20:00! I then went back a couple of hours later to repeat the experience, however I hadn't quite got my fuelling strategy in between right (needed to eat some actual sugar not just carbs!) and that came in at 1:23:05 which I was a little disappointed about.
On Saturday I attended my usual Saturday morning when I am around Body Balance class and then it was #3 at my local leisure centre (the other two were at the pool where I swim en route to work). It's not a fast pool (has gutters rather than level with the floor) but they had put the wave breaker lane ropes in which they don't always. However, there were FIVE of us in the lane so my heart sank a little. To my surprise, I came out with another Peebee, finally getting under 1h20, to come in at 1:19:57. I can only put this down to the constant sprinting to overtake people and using that as extra motivation. Was pleased!