It’s next week on 7. October 2018 in Sheffield, Ponds Forge. And Hackney Aquatics has an entrant. Jude Costley is going to swim in the National County Champs team for Middlesex in the relay.
Madison won’t be going and I won’t be officiating there either. I’m going to do something much closer to home, I am going to help in the London Regional Disability Championships held at the London Aquatics Centre next Saturday, 6th. October 2018.
Nice and close to home and with little travel involved getting there and it is for a very good cause.
Had a lot of opportunity to speak to others about shoulder problems in swimmers and been given a lot of very hopeful feedback from other parents and swimmers.
The level of a nationalmeet is level 1 and Cambridge Grand Prix was licensed as level 2.
I stayed the night in a local bed and breakfast and whilst I walked from my hotel to the pool in the morning, walked through a park and could not believe my eyes seeing a herd of cows grazing on the Common.
It is almost unthinkable for a Londoner that cows should live so freely in a public park, that is used by joggers, cyclist and walkers as a through route in the city. Apparently the animals are docile and keep the grass short, no clue who picks up their cow pads, as I didn’t see any, apart from the residue on the cow I pictured.
An ingenious system of fencing, which doesn’t look particularly high or dense, keeps the cows within the common.
When I arrived at the pool on the second day of my stay, I looked forward to helping swimmers reach their dream of making qualifying times for the National Short Course championships.
The pool is nice and airy, fully surrounded by windows, it is light and appears spacey. The air quality in the pool area is also pretty good, so that working around the pool for a couple of days doesn’t make one feel too tired.
the big change this year is that there are no more consideration times. And all times for all ages are in 25m times and they are all on the same page. I upload MCASA 2019 qualifying standard as normally, if I link to the MCASA website the document disappears when the season is over.
Great about this is that 50m times can be converted to 25m times. Though I suspect much of the competition – for the older swimmers – will take place in 50m pools.
Competition dates 26. – 27. January 2019, venue to be announced.
The Summer at Dagenham meet worked well as far as the 800 freestyle went on Friday evening. From then on things just went down-hill. #lastopenmeetoftheseason#swimfast
A muscle pull during the 400 IM put a firm stop to Madison’s racing weekend. the life guard said Madison should have ice packs every 20 minutes but only supplied one ice pack and refused to give more.
I was working as official and could not get away easily. Maybe it wasn’t such a good idea after all that I put Madison into races, she didn’t really enjoy doing. Perhaps swimmers need to be happy with their races to perform well. Others say swimmers sometimes need to be taken out of their comfort zone.
Perhaps I should discuss this with the coaches about race selection. That is always a subject that can cause friction. Do you do the races that the swimmer likes, the races that the coach wants or the races that the parents want. They are not necessarily the same.
There are 2 open 3km swimming meets, 2 long-distance meets.
In an interesting new development Chelsea & Westminster and Hackney Aquatics combine a new long-distance time trial on 12. July and on 13. July is the long distance part of the Barking and Dagenham meet.
But what about 800 m freestyle?
We swim in each training session several km and swimming 800 should just feel like a bit of training at the end of the day.
I just can’t understand why some people build up such a big wall of fear between themselves and the 800 freestyle.
Next week Madison is going to sharpen up the breaststroke, a stroke long neglected. We are going to work hard on developing all styles and then the IM will be easier.
Need to get away from the easy 50s and 100s as the main goal.
Volunteered at the Swimathon this weekend and to my amazement some swimmers did 200 length of the 25m pool, that makes 5000 meters or 5km and had not a drop of water with them, no snacks or any type of refreshment.
As a parent, I would not be able to swim 5000 m without any water drink.
Apparently competitions have as longest distance 1500 m or 1.5 k, that is at most 60 length in a 25m pool. I think that swimmers already get very hot when competing at a 1500 meter race and often the pool water is kept at a lower temperature to accommodate that extra body heat.
I understand that Swimathon long-distance swimmers do not swim at their highest speed for 200 length of the pool but the strain on the body is severe I imagine.
Swimmers to perspire just as runners do and we would not put on running events without the supply of water to the runners, at least not any more.
Yes you can say that it is the responsibility of the swimmer to bring their own supplies, but people do forget. They find themselves having started the event and suddenly get thirsty. I don’t think it is much to ask an organiser to make some water available or emphasis to swimmers that they need to bring at least a bottle that can be filled up at a water fountain. And if all that fails have some spare bottles available.
At youth events, e.g. the London Youth Games, organisers give one free plastic bottle and water tanks to fill up those bottles to all participants.
I do think that organisers have a duty of care, even if the participants are adults.
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.
There 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.
Even 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.
The 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.