Swim training is getting tough

Great East Swim training at Fritton Lake
Great East Swim training at Fritton Lake

As our training for the Great East Swim continues, our tutors are pushing us harder and harder to pick up the pace and gain the stamina.

Already having good stamina myself, but lacking the correct technique to swim at a decent pace over a good distance, I have found doing the training particularly beneficial.

Great East Swim training at Fritton Lake

Great East Swim training at Fritton Lake

Now, however, it is becoming increasingly tough as our trainers push us further and further.

Following a week off over the Easter break we returned to the Haverhill Leisure Centre pool last Sunday (April 27), where I joined the group under veteran champion triathlete Barbara Leverett.

There was a steep jump from having ‘warmed up’ with 20 lengths in the previous session to it being 40 this time.

Despite the boredom of going back and fourth in a pool, focusing on the right technique – exhale underwater, then on the second stroke tilting my head to the side to inhale – helped to get through it.

I was timed on my progress, completing the one kilometre distance in 21 minutes.

I have swam a mile (equivalent to 64 pool lengths) in open water before, but rarely in under 50 minutes, and am confident having adopted the new stroke and proper technique I should be able to manage it in little over 35 minutes come June 21 at Alton Water.

The tutors seem to be pushing me harder and harder, and though it is difficult it is good to know that I am edging closer to my potential and really benefitting from being a part of the training scheme.

I look forward to putting it into practice and seeing how I fare at the Great East Swim.

The swim scheme is part of a subsidised initiative this year being run in Haverhill and Newmarket (for young people) aiming to participate in the Great East Swim on June 21.

The subsidised offer is worth over £200 but costs £25 and is available for those aged 12 to 25 in Haverhill and Newmarket, with training at both leisure centres culminating in the Great East Swim.

Those under 16 need parental/guardian’s permission and can only do the half mile swim.

The young person’s Sportivate programme is funded by Sport England’s Sportive initiative and delivered in partnership with Suffolk Sport and Suffolk County Council.

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