Keyvan’s 14k swim for Alzheimers – Update 14
I reckon John Denver wrote this song while dipping his toes into some Colorado lake.
Sunday. Awake at 4:20. Excited by the long swim ahead. 6:50 am. Nicola the Mermaid-come-Torpedo and I start our first big parameter lap.
I keep telling myself: Go slow. Go slow. You have 6-7K coming up. Keep to the 66 strokes per min beat, which emanates from my tempo trainer trapped under my cap. A melodic monotone….beep….beep…beep. I can’t really explain it, but in silky smooth water, I find that beep taking me into a trans-like state.
Eventually I do catch up with Nicola (since I can’t swim faster, I cut corners, but I think I got away with it!) and manage to match my pace to hers. Just for 400m or so, but that was all I needed to tune in the stroke, the catch and my pace for what is about to come.
Bridge to Bridge (Thames 14K) team training
The Thames swim is broken into 4 segments by 3 locks. The team training session today was to swim 5-7K with some simulation of getting food and drink on board as we climb out and back over the lock.
Two major conclusions I have come up with:
- Take a much bigger red float next time round and zig zag in front of Jason. That’ll confuse him!
- Watch out for the coach cutting in front of you at a menacing pace!
Great team work and support. Loved every minute of it.
Fundraising for Alzheimer’s Society
I am training for the Henley-on-Thames 14K swim marathon and the Dart 10K this year, while attempting to raise £5,000 for Alzheimer’s Society. You can donate toward this amazing charity via JustGiving: justgiving.com/keyvan-shirnia
I am grateful for all your support and thanks very much for reading.