Madison is taking herself training during this summer holiday period because the LACPP club stopped training at the end of July, the club has been abandoned and the new club is not going to start till September.
Madison trained incredibly hard last season. The excellent quality training that LACPP provided led to an 800% increase in performance but now, a 6-week break would undo all of that hard work she put in last season.
Now there is no other choice but to train alone or with others if somebody else happen to be at the pool whilst Madison is there. Thanks to @gllsf funding, Madison met up with some Olympic swimmers the other day who happened to train in the same lane as her.
It is incredibly important to become self-sufficient in the training routines because whatever happens, it is the swimmer’s effort that leads to success. If a club does not provide training then a swimmer needs to decide whether they like swimming so much that they want to continue training or, if they are not that bothered, just let it go.
We all know, that swimming requires constant training, it is most important to keep the momentum going and not let all that great conditioning go to waste.
Just thinking that it would be an incredible waste to have gotten up twice a week at 4:30 for a year and then not to bother for 6 weeks in the summer break.
For us it is a matter of location. We left the Bethnal Green Sharks, as all serious competitive swimmers did, and joined a better club but as the LACPP was a new club with not as many swimmers as other established clubs, the training has been stopped during the month of August.
Of course we could join another established club like the Chelsea and Westminster, Hackney or even Redbridge but that would mean incredibly long travel times to swimming practice each day during term time and that is what we do not want to do. So we just make up those 6 weeks summer break and patiently await the forming of the new LAC based swimming club in autumn.
We don’t even know what the new club is going to be called. But that is dedication, hang in there, keep training and hope for the best.