Summer’s coming

What a wonderful club; to be part of Hackney Aquatics feels like being part of the action, the community and an exciting club concept that does not only make people jump into a pool but has a big palette of social events to offer as well.

I am looking forward to the summer fete and barbecue and cake stalls in June. Date to be confirmed.

Till then we have a host of exciting competitions to look forward to.

Life’s good

On, what is going to be the hottest day of the year so far, we are settling back into the normal routine.

  • Back to school
  • Early morning before school
  • Early evening after school training.

 

stoke newingtonThere is no such thing as a morning or an evening person. It all depends on the up-bringing and routines we are getting used to from child hood.

I wasn’t raised as a morning person and getting used to AM training on a regular basis was a bit of a chore. But now, early mornings are getting better and better.

 

ClaptonEven the journey back after the training sessions help me  prepare for a busy school day.

The hazy sunshine on a hot morning is very calming and relaxing and I learned to appreciate the sensations I get when looking into the morning sky and I appreciate the changing nature of the trees and shrubs that make a significant part of the skyline.

 

Cambridge HeathThe more trees, the more bird song and the chirping and singing makes a great backdrop on the views. Well really, I just have my earphones in and listen to my favourite songs. Perhaps some birds manage to enhance the tunes I am listening to.

The bus chuckles along and I ponder whether I missed the Newham National qualifier at the LAC last week or whether looking back to the under-water sensation and the fantastic week of Spanish training was stimulating enough for me to smash those national times during the Regional competitions in May.

My year has been set up and I look forward to reaping the better times I am going to achieve this year.

 

Even kicking is better in the sun

Swimming must be the Best sport, looking at those pics, the week in Spain is at the half-way mark and swimmers are having a wonderful time training in the sunny pool of Torremolinos Sports Abroad.

The first Olympic swimming took place in 1896 in the Bay of Zea but was only available for women since 1912 in Stockholm Sweden.

Now we do start to recognise that swimming has a beneficial effect on health for all ages and school children learn better when swimming.

There are now many swimming competitions held all year round and our next big event will be the London Regional Championships held at the London Aquatics Centre and Crystal Palace.

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The swim camp in Torremolinos is an extra special Easter break treat and prepares nicely for the competitions ahead, culminating in the British Summer champs, European Champs.

Comparison

Look and compare the two pictures, showing the weather in Spain and in London on the 9/10 April 2018.

spainland1weather Since swimmers are expected to get the British National Qualifying times in this narrow 4 months window, incorporating the British winter and often dreary spring, especially for us Londoners, I wonder whether the results of spending a week in Spain, prior to Regionals will push up the performance results.

Lets wait and see.

Height is not everything

As I computed in my previous post Size matters, in most pure sprint swimming disciplines the tallest usually win, e.g. freestyle (front crawl) and backstroke.

But today, it has been proven, that in swims, using a lot of muscle power height is not the most essential quality.

WOMEN’S 100m backstroke final at the Goldcoast 2018

 

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from left to right Taylor Ruck, Masse, Seebohm

1. Kylie Masse (CAN): 58.63 (GR) (1,73m)

2. Emily Seebohm (AUS): 58.66 (1.80m)

3. Taylor Ruck (CAN): 58.97 (1.80m)

The day before Spain

Saturday morning training session at the LAC. The day before the flight to Torremolinos and Sports Abroad swim camp.

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This pool looks just like the Gold Coast pool, very clear, sunny and inviting. It seems to be a professional training experience with 2 swim sessions and 1 land session per day.

It will be a week of fun, a well spent term break from school.

 

Will the LAC be back on the menu??

Whilst former LACPP swimmers tearfully had to pack their bags and search for new clubs, I now read that Swim England now wishes to establish up to 4 new swim centres throughout England.

I remember the conversation well when I mentioned that the LACPP dissonance was in my mind a temporary thing and that not using the LAC as national swim centre is a sin.

I reckon somebody will apply for the LAC to be re-established as one of England’s swimming centres. Application forms have been made available on the Swim England website as we speak.

This program aims to link swimming clubs and universities to help talented swimmers with the transition to performance swimming whilst continuing their university education. My best guess is that UEL might be in with a shout on this one again.

See in the picture two former members of the LACPP training program, Aimee Willmott and Jarvis Parkinson, both now swimming for the Commonwealth games. Whilst Jarvis moved to Loughborough, Aimee went to Scotland.

Back to the future guys.

 

Beckenham Easter International meet

This premium meet at the LAC was the crowning glory of my competition Easter weekend.

Very pleased to say, achieved a 1.2 second Personal Best in the 100 backstroke. See live results. 

Improved from 1:16:35 – 1:15:13. Not bad to get 8th place within the national swimmers window. Madison easily won her heat  this 10-lane pool.

The older and faster a performance swimmer gets the more precious do Personal Best times become. Madison was concerned that some younger swimmer gotten incredibly fast times but it has to be said that we only can hope that these young, very fast swimmers keep up the regular training to stay that fast for years to come.

What is important for every individual swimmer, is to measure personal progression against previous achievements but not to compare against others because development is different for each individual.