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9/28/16 11:00 A

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That's awesome Gill, keep it up!

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9/28/16 4:56 A

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I was up and out just after 6.30am - the lights of the sports centre glowing up on the hill beckoning me to the pool!

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I actually completed the whole Week 1 plan for the Swim a Mile training programme.
4 x 100m
4 x 50m
4 x 25m

So - 28 lengths of the pool (25m) in all - 35 mins swimming. My arms are not hurting me anymore, and I'm getting faster (although I am aiming to keep it slow and steady, to build up my endurance more than anything - I'm a fast-burst kind of person who easily gets bored, so this is good mental training for me too!)

That was SO worth spending some food-money on! I'm looking forward to having a go a Week 2 next time!

Gill

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9/18/16 3:56 A

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I was in the pool by 7.15am and had a lane to myself. I aimed to do 4 x 100m, but arms were pooped after 200m, so I still haven't quite managed the Week 1 plan for the Swim a Mile training programme. But - I did better than last time - so that's OK!

Gill

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9/16/16 8:49 A

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I forgot to go swimming at midday today! Doh!

Never mind, I am going to go on Sunday morning - 7am!

Edited by: RAWCOOKIE at: 9/17/2016 (03:56)
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9/10/16 3:37 P

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Thanks for the encouragement, Sam.

The last time I remember swimming every day was when I was 8 months pregnant with my son (30 yrs ago) and I swan with The Nutters Club every morning at 6am in the open-air pool (it was summer!)

Gill

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9/10/16 2:56 P

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I swim almost daily in an indoor pool aquatics center facility, 2 days a week with a masters group - I'd like to do some open water but where I live, there's not much opportunity :)

best of luck with your swimming!

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9/8/16 6:03 P

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The Gulf Stream is your friend! It's 60 miles off this big old sandbar so it's (for the most part) mild winters and an early off the beach.

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9/8/16 2:34 P

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I can't go to the pool more than once a week due to the cost - but have diaried a session for Friday 16th and Mon 19th (have to fit round work shedule/shifts).

Someone told me that the sea here is at it warmest in October - due to the Gulf Stream reaching us! (I think I might have posted that somewhere else - can't remember where!!!)



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9/7/16 6:24 P

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Well done! I like the push for it. LOL, yes you are ahead of us. Post anyway, we'll all figure it out.

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9/7/16 7:50 A

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Well, I've done my swim (and the Good Morning Swimmers thread isn't up yet - I'm about 7 hrs ahead I think).

I DID surprise myself - I stuck to the SLOW lane and concentrated on not overdoing it!

I did 500m in all, and didn't get breathless. My main hurdle is strength - my arms got tired before my breath got taxed, so I used a float for a couple of lengths.

Jon was right - I could probably have done Day 1 of the mile training. Anyway - this is what I managed:

1 x 100m (12 breath rest)
4 x 50m (8 breath rests)
4 x 25m (4 breath rests)
1 x 100m
cool down muck about

It was a pain getting my hair wet (even though I wear a hat - it gets in) - and I came home and showered/washed hair - then realised that it's no worse, really, than showering after a run. It's the whole thing about getting undressed, wet, dry, dress - repeat that seem onerous!

I did it though! Next time I'll try the whole workout, starting with 4 x 100m.

Gill

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9/6/16 6:24 P

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Go gettem' Gill!

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9/6/16 5:04 A

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OK! I've been up to the leisure centre and got a photo copy of the new season's timetable (5th September to 23rd December). So I know how much it costs (less for me because I'm over 60), and when the sessions are! Go me! I've diaried a swim for Wednesday 11am - it's an over-50s session.



Now, just to check the length of the pool and see if I can work it with the 1 mile plan - I need a plan!

OK - found it (finally!) it's 25m - perfect :)

Edited by: RAWCOOKIE at: 9/6/2016 (06:16)
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9/5/16 2:49 P

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Yay! Goriana! Thanks for sharing your story, and your dreams! You're on!

Gill

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9/5/16 1:49 A

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Let's do it! I dream of swimming in the ocean too! I thought this would be the year...and the year isn't over, but like you said the temps are starting to cool down. I made it to the bay. I was there three times this week! There is a buoy line and I recently got the nerve to swim right next to it. I am working on sighting and going for 500 yards straight before I head to the open OPEN water.

Btw I joined this team as I learned to swim five years ago and I am grateful for the encouragement and counsel that helped my going from a shallow pool to a deep pool and now to the salty murky bay.

Keep swimming! The 'hassle' is sooOOO worth it!

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RAWCOOKIE's Photo RAWCOOKIE Posts: 13,329
9/5/16 1:42 A

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Thanks Jon. I'm going to walk up to the leisure centre after work today and see if they have a hard copy of the new timetable.

So that's Carol - warm sea swimmer; Laurie - pool swimmer; Jon - open water swimmer

Cool!

Edited by: RAWCOOKIE at: 9/5/2016 (01:43)
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9/4/16 5:25 P

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That is a really good feeling isn't it! With a new schedule coming out it's the perfect time to commit to it. Don't dip your toe in - cannonball it! Laurie, Carol, I and a bunch of others hang out at Good Morning Swimmers. Come hang with us!

Jon (open water swim guy)

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9/4/16 12:54 P

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hehe - thanks Laurie! I just checked out the swimming pool info - and the current programme ends today 4th Sept - so waiting for the new timetable to go up. Part of the resistance to swimming is the whole getting wet, having to get changed, smelling of chlorine etc! But, yes, when I DO manage to get a swim done, I walk home feeling like a champion!

Gill

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9/4/16 12:08 P

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I'm not an ocean swimmer, strictly a pool swimmer. Carol is a California girl and doesn't like pools. You'll find people of both camps on this team.

I have trouble making myself get to the pool, even though I love to swim. But I'll encourage you to just jump in and do it, and you'll find yourself getting better and better the more you do it. And then I'll use your success to encourage myself. See? We all work together here!

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9/4/16 11:46 A

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Hi Carol, thanks for the encouragement. I won't be in the sea this year - the season is coming to an end here and autumnal weather is edging in. Next year!

Gill

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9/4/16 10:09 A

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Gill,

I encourage you to go swim and work at it. With the help of us and youtube, plus other online swim, technical sites you can do it! There is nothing like getting into the sea and swimming as long and far as you feel like, it's a super free feeling.

This year, you can swim in the sea!

Carol

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9/4/16 9:14 A

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I can swim - not brilliantly, but I can swim.
I live near a pool - but hardly ever go.
I live surround by sea - but never go in.
I have a swimsuit - I hardly ever wear.

Every year I promise myself that I will improve my swimming so that I can go and swim in the sea. Every year I fail to do this?!?!?!

One of the obstacles is affording to go to the pool. However, this is not an impossible amount of money - and if I made it a priority, I could do it. I could not do it 3 x a week though.

I have joined this team to inspire myself through reading about other people's swimming successes. I have cut-and-paste the info for the 6 wk training programme to swim a mile - from the link in the other forum - thanks!

First I have to find out how much it costs to swim in my local pool.
Then what days/times they are open.
Then what days/times I can manage.
Then plan to go at least once a week.

Gill

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