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.
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.
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.
We were ecstatic yesterday to watch Kai Ogden (second from right) win a bronze in the English National Championships in Sheffield. Madison has been training with Kai since she was very small and apart from going to LACPP for a while and Kai changing to Hackney Aquatics earlier, when Madison still remained in Bethnal Green Sharks, they have spent almost their whole swimming careers within sight of each other, or within the same club.
Kai always struck as being Born to Swim, his dedication was always such an encouragement to us all.
I am pleased to say that Madison’s shoulder is now getting better, the exercises help and now she can at least stretch both her arms out again to do a proper starting jump and begin to do the arm strokes again.
It should be fine by Sunday, when we go to Melanie Marshall’s Swim inspirations camp.
But Madison is itching to join her fellow swimmers next season to make the podium on the premium events.
Even her friends who went to Welsh Nationals achieved very good placings in finals so far and Madison closely follows her long-standing training partner Kaia Cudmore on her success.
Somehow what Madison lost on training through injury before the end of the season will be made up through the mid-season swim camp. It is all working out fine but Madison really wanted to be part of the action, which is definitely going to happen next season.
We gotten our new training plan, and it provides the much-needed gym sessions, three sessions per week at the London Aquatic Centre. Most of Madison’s former friends from the LACPP, which was then taken over by Newham, have now also joined Hackney Aquatics. HAC is the club to be for us East Londoners.
Brilliant! To all you parents, if you look for something refreshing, therapeutic and rejuvenating activity that doesn’t cost you any money and is extremely good for you, consider becoming an Open Water Swimming Official.
Rother Valley is near Sheffield but very rural. It’s like so many Open Water locations a lake or part of a managed inland water area in various locations around the country.
Wildlife occupy the wonderful lake, the water is very clear and the atmosphere is tranquil despite the fierce competing and swimmers racing around the 1km course as many times as they need to complete their distance. the birds are not phased in the slightest by the swimmers, I saw a group of ducks swimming through without any fear or stress.
All helpers are the friendliest people you can imagine and the team spirit and camaraderie is excellent. A thoroughly enjoyable weekend.
Even the journey home is nice, through a wonderfully tranquil area in the middle of England.
You simply feel a totally wonderful new you after a weekend working in the great team with eager young people in the great English countryside.
Just to mention that when Madison had the Better sponsorship, during her membership with LACPP, Madison hardly had any time to go to the gym to top up the water-based club training. Madison never needed to see the physio. One felt invincible.
Then, the following year, I did not apply for the Better GLL sponsorship, which brings with it, free physio treatment. I thought we do not need it, Madison was never injured to a significant degree. I thought better let other athletes have the sponsorship, those who do need to supplement their training with extra gym sessions.
Now the injury has finally arrived. No, I have not been waiting for it but it has happened.
My GP told me that coming to the NHS for advice is a waste of time because the NHS has no resources to treat sporting injuries quickly enough. Perhaps the NHS should reconsider their treatment options. NHS constantly peaches to us about healthy life-styles, yet that brings with it more sporting activities with sporting related injuries. If the NHS wants to specialise in deteriorating illnesses, which are not sport related only, they should re-name themselves.
Now I have been told that the physio in my own club charges at least £50 for a consultation. Obviously like most average people I am not made of money.
I have to find ways of solving problems without spending even more than I already do on the swimming.
We have enormous cost because we not only need to pay the club membership, we also constantly got extra costs like:
Travel costs – to and from training and going to competitions
Accommodation cost – most further away competitions require hotel stays
Performance costumes – can cost around £300,–
Training equipment – quite a lot of stuff
Competition entry – At the LAC can cost up to £12,– per event.
Now having even more cost, would just about break the camels back.
I do not understand, that Swim England, doesn’t make Physios available for free. Just perhaps a physio per region. Or perhaps advertise for physios who want to help the sport on a voluntary basis.
I need to turn to the Internet for advice. There is quite a lot about. There are some useful pages, which are seriously useful. Search the Internet for Swimmer’s shoulder and some good pages with advice come up for free. Obviously it only needs a terra bad and a wall to do a couple of exercised.
Our club coaches are also pretty good and allow the continuation of training, just not using the injured shoulder. Yet active Physio intervention is not available, especially in the holidays. I am hoping that the Mel Marshall camp, that also cost quite a lot of money has gotten some solutions available.