6.15 am – the alarm goes, and the kettle’s on for pre-swim tea and toast. We meet at 7.30 and walk to the beach, with wetsuits, tow floats, swim-hats and goggles. Before yesterday I had never put my face in the sea, and today I managed 750m, in something resembling front crawl. It’s good to still be learning at 63 ! Then a short run, a shower and a massive breakfast – definitely felt I’d earned it.
Sandra’s talk today was about training, using heart rate zones, and how to allocate training sessions to get the right balance of longer easier sessions and shorter harder sessions. Both are essential to build fitness and endurance, so that gives food for thought, and hopefully will help in planning training sessions.
Then we were straight into the pool, for drills and swimming. I was glad of the wetsuit today, as the water was slightly chilly. I definitely need to practice the drills!
Then another shower, more tea and a snack, ready for upper body and core exercises, and stretches.
Dinner will be very welcome. The food is good, and it’s great to chat about the day, about our sport, and our lives in general. I feel I’ve made some real friends.
It’s a busy day, but I feel I’ve learned so much, and hopefully my swimming will start to improve. Our coaches, Jo, Sandra and Toni are so knowledgeable and exceptionally patient and encouraging, especially for those of us who are less confident swimmers.