Fun is in the eyes of the beholder

Whilst I was browsing the web yesterday, looking for inspirations, I came across some articles whereby people complain about the amount of swimming performance swimmers have to do.

Well what is there in life that is not repetitive?

Every sport requires total dedication if performing athletes want to get to the top of the sport, meaning practise, practise and more practise.

So why is it better to kick a ball around all day rather than swim?

It just all depends what personal preferences are.

Some people just spend all day sitting around playing on the games console or others spend all day on a desk doing paper work.

Fact is that spending time in the pool swimming is one of the healthiest activities a person can do. Of course the swimmer must enjoy it; it is just like everything else, we need to enjoy what we do so that we love doing it.

I can understand warnings that too much time in chlorinated water can have side effects. In the LAC for example there is a system that uses less chlorine and some ultraviolet light to increase cleanliness of the water. Some pools use a combination of saline and chlorinated water.

There is a concern that resistance to normal illnesses becomes less if always in a pool of chlorinated water. There is also the possibility of swimming in Open Water.

Yet too much chlorinated water exposure can be countered by doing activities in the field, going to forests and having walks or jogging in nature. Better still is to change the composition of the water compounds.

Swimming fitness does not necessarily just come from the pool.

If parents are concerned about the amount of chlorine in their local pool, just contact the pool manager, it is mostly pressure from parents, which initiates changes for the better.

It is important to have a day off per week and do something away from the pool. Yet Michael Phelps managed to train every day and even didn’t take Christmas off.

If performance schemes find enough swimmers who cope very well with constant pool training then they will not get any reason to change. It all depends on the ability of the athletes to do the training and if they can, then it is fine and for those who cannot cope they just need to find another sport.

Fact is that each and every sport produces sport specific injuries and some are more prone to some injuries than others.

I’ve witnessed kids falling over and breaking an arm by just running down a straight line but that doesn’t mean that we will cancel  school sports day.

Swimmers who are naturally talented for the sport and who enjoy the training must be given the opportunity to take part. But here are some statistics of injuries swimmers can get.

With whatever we do or don’t do, we run a risk of harm or injury,  it is up to each individual to decide whether the health benefits outweight the risks.

Please bear in mind that inactivity is the worst thing we can do to our health.

Nothing can stop us

We had a few obstacles in our way to get to early morning training.

  • First a lot of walkways around the LAC are closed due to an event nearby
  • and buses are on diversion
  • then we could not enter the LAC because of a staff problem there
Carpenters Road underpass

We decided to take a nightbus to near the LAC and walk the rest of the way from the other side of the venue to get there on time. Isn’t that underpass psychedelic? I love it.

We were relatively early just to find out that the LAC manager was locked into her office and they had to call the fire brigade to get her out.

Our ever so reliable head coach then took some of us to Clissold so that we do not miss the morning practise.

After a nice car ride we finally made the practise. Nothing can stop us from morning practise.

If a morning practise is finished at 7:30AM it is still easily possible to be in school for 8:30AM because public transport in London is fantastic.