Keyvan’s 14k swim for Alzheimers – Update 2

Blind as a bat

Here are some practical difficulties before I even get into the cold lake/river water next month.

First day in, all excited by joining the squad for the Sunday swim. I have no idea how good they, but clearly they swim all the time and know their stuff. I get in the water. Feeling optimistic, choose the second lane…seems safest; not too fast and not too slow! Everyone is making their way in. “Now where are my swimming goggles?”… I had them with me as I stepped to the pool. I had them in my hand. I check again and again. Nothing! The problem is exasperated as (those of you that know me) I am practically useless without my glasses. I step out thinking the goggles must be in my bag. Back to the changing room. No. Not there. Back in the pool, while quietly cursing to myself. Everyone is looking at me in a strange way. Then someone points out that they are right on my head! That was my first dip in the water. Must say, it went a bit better from that point on!

How do you train for a 14K swim?

That’s something I will cover during the course of the next 5 months. Suffice to say, I am coming to terms with the fact that it is a long way:

  • 14,000 meters
  • Nearly 10 miles
  • 560 lengths of a 25m pool
  • 4 hours (or slower – who knows?)
  • And it is as technical as it gets. Get it wrong and it could take forever.
  • Then add the crowd in the water. All on top of each other.
  • Now take away the beautiful black lines down the swimming lane and replace it with….em…mud.

So plenty of training coming up, with current distance around 12-13K per week. Here’s what happened with my training in the pool last week:

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By Daniel Swann