The MCASA Open Water medal

As the medal service for Middlesex County is more than excellent, a representative of Open Water Swimming delivered my silver medal won in July to me yesterday.  I competed in the 3km distance.

I missed the medal ceremony at the time because I had to rush off for the Sponsored Swim taking place at the Hackney Lido for the purpose of collecting funds for the Hackney Aquatics Charity fund.

 

Winter champs 2018 (London)

Qualifying times for the London regional winter champs are out and at least Madison qualifies for 3 events so far, that is the 50, 100, 200 back. It’s short-course this year.

I am wondering will they actually swim in the 25 m pool? Last year they swam in the 50 m pool.

The ages are distinguished as 16 and under or 17 and over. Considering Madison is only 14, to qualify for 3 events, is good.,

Stereotypes

There is nothing more dangerous than talking about religion and food. On my Facebook account I have plenty of American friends who regularly boast about the amount of bacon they eat. It’s almost like a dare to many.

Generally everybody who doesn’t like bacon is labelled as a Muslim.

There are however food health research results advocating that eating bacon is dangerous for the health because the meat is cured with a lot of salt.

The Guardian was running a story on bacon and why it is killing us. Sausages are also not healthy if eaten in excess.

Also Madison doesn’t like her food over-brown, and literally browning and roasting food is also dangerous to an extent.

The Times reports that in California a court has ordered that sellers of coffee have to warn about cancer causing qualities. Apparently during the roasting “The chemical, acrylamide, is produced during the coffee bean roasting process, as well as when sugars and amino acids found in other foods are cooked at high temperatures.”

Our household is using very little salt. Madison was raised on eating little salt. So eating bacon is just being associated with a salty taste that Madison dislikes. Yet looking Asian and disliking bacon is almost always associated in being a Muslim who dislikes bacon .I think people should not associate looks of people with the health of some foods.

During our last holiday in Germany we were served chips that had a thick salt crust on them, my relative said that this is just what Germans eat. So Germany is not our favourite holiday spot any longer.

 

 

Are they really?

The first words Madison uttered when I came to collect her from MMSwiminspirations swim camp, under supervision from Mel Marshall were: “I swear they are trying to kill us with that land training!”

What does that tell you? What should it tell me?

Madison has had land-training regularly. Yoga, Pilates, and exercise. That has been going on since a year.  All soft training and still an injury of the shoulder. Perhaps the soft training is too soft to strengthen the muscles enough.

1 week at Mel Marshall’s swim camp and Madison’s feels totally overstretched.

But, who is winning the medals at top competitions? Those who work with Mel or those who work with Madison’s regular club?

I am just glad that Madison is going to train with the top squad in Hackney Aquatics from September with 2 gym sessions per week. It seems that all the soft options like Yoga and Pilates do not do too much for high performance athletes.

Our local Hackney Aquatics club is the only one we can attend, from where we live and school.

 

Massive

Just read this great post from @massivemel on Twitter and she is listing all the medals the Loughborough swimmers achieve at the 2018 European Championships, 5 Gold , 3 Silver, 2 Bronze.

Then yesterday, on Friday, 10th August 2018, the very day after Adam Peaty won his last Gold, she came to our MMSwiminspiration swim camp and oversaw our finale gala and gave a motivational talk at the end of it.

Keep calm and carry on
Keep calm and carry on

It was very up-lifting to hear her attitude to swimming and everything that comes with it. For Mel, everything is positive that is to do with swimming, the pain and the glory. That is very important because normally we only like what feels good but to learn and improve we need to accept that it does hurt a bit sometimes, that is muscle aches.

Madison’s shoulder sprain is still not gone away but as we’ve heard even Max Lichfield suffered from a sprained shoulder for about a year and now is back on full form. It takes a lot of persistence to deal with all sorts of sporting hurts over time.

The Holy Shrine of Swimming

It feels immensely empowering to be in the vicinity of Repton School swimming pool. Why? I don’t know, it’s just some kind of magic.

Perhaps is has to do with the extremely sturdy buildings in the area. I was going to take some pics of the buildings and walls that look like fortresses and castles rather than village houses but then the rain came down so hard that not even the best bus shelter ever made me take my camera from my bag.

 

Willington is between Derby and Loughborough and Mel Marshall holds her swim camps there. It doesn’t surprise me at all that such a vicinity produces such excellent coaches and swimmers like Adam Peaty.

You soak up the atmosphere and just feel good, almost invincible, wonderful, like everything is going to be alright and nothing can happen to you.

It just feel good and right to be there.

 

The case for scrutiny

Just overheard the commentators on the Euro channel Sports live stream for the European Champs in Glasgow and they questioned if the judges actually enforce the 15m rule.

They did not mention the strokes but said they talked to an official and that an official wanted to disqualify a swimmer for going under water beyond the 15m mark and that the official was overruled by most likely a referee and the request for a disqualification was rejected, what the commentators found horrifying because being under water beyond 15 is an advantage.

Well, strictly speaking officials should never discuss such matter with anybody and should always refer any enquiry to the referee.

Well, I looked if all the 15m mark lane ropes are lined up across the pool and they seem to are from my viewpoint.

The commentators did not say which stroke they were talking about because in the breaststroke the 15m rule does not apply.

However in such televised events, it becomes pretty obvious if strong failures to comply with the rules are not being noted by officials and everybody watching is horrified. Cameras can pick up such oversights but it often depends on the viewing angle.

London Sport Strategy

London Swimming has published details that the Mayor of London has launched a consultation on the London Sport Strategy.

I think that every dedicated swimmer parent can take part and express what improvements they want to see for competitive swimming in Greater London.

The consultation is open until 12 October 2018, please take part. 

+ 10

I am just about intrigued to read via Swimvortex that the World Record of Adam Peaty is in doubt, due to a time measuring adjustment. LEN does confirm this statement. Whether is plus or minus 0.10 seconds, there is no doubt that Adam Peaty was well ahead of all his competitors.

They also doubt that Peaty could have had a reaction time of 0.47. That is information via their Facebook page, yet when I go to their main website a message appears that they stop the coverage of swimming and offer refunds to paid up members. There is no date on the page. How much sense does that all make. Either you suspend swimming coverage or you don’t.

Madison had a reaction time of 0.02 during her latest 50 freestyle PB at the London Aquatic Centre. It happens to the best of us.

He is selling us the dream

As Adam Peaty just broke the 100m breaststroke World record again and is only 1/100 off his project 56, by swimming in exactly 57:00 seconds, I am officially on holiday.

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Melanie Marshall

Going to a swim camp with Adam Peaty’s coach, makes good dreaming. Madison is really looking forward to this. Off to Derbyshire we go.

That is a woman with great aspirations and that’s alright for us.

Madison will be in good hands in the Swiminspirations swim camp. A real Inspiration it is and always will be.

Madison now also wants to become a coach.