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