Nov 18th 2006 at 14:26
Don't get much of a choice of when to swim, facilities in this area are dreadful.
I swim Tue and Friday mornings, half hour before work in Wareham. I'm a member at the leisure centre but pool only opens early twice a week at 7:15. And mon, wed, fri lunchtimes in Poole, at the Dolphin pool, trying to weave in and out of desperately slow people in the fast lane!! Although, that said I'm hardly a speed demon, but why do paddlers insit on going in the fast lane and attendants will not move them out!
Lunchtimes I swim with a mate and we push each other over a mile. He's a much better swimmer, not tri, and it's good that I can just now after a couple of months keep pace. two mornings I just concentrate on drills and technique. When I get to January and feel more confident with my stroke I'll then break the sessions down more into proper workouts to build some speed. I'm doing a mile in just over 30 minutes. Need to get that down to as near 25 minutes as possible within 6 months.
I also do a sea swim down at Swanage every Sunday, about 1km, although I tend to swim by time and not distance so much. Trying to get used to spending at least 30 minutes in open water. It's lovely to swim without having to turn and is very refreshing at this time of year!! ie. bloody cold!!