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Keyvan’s 14k swim for Alzheimers – Update 15

By Jen Harris
28th May 2017

I have often wondered, while my face is buried in the water, gulping for air as I come up, trying hard to keep pace with Nicola the Mermaid-come-Torpedo, what the lake surroundings look like. I have pretty much mapped the bottom of the lake by now. I see a weed, I know where I am. I see a fish, I am dead jealous! I see a faraway landmark, I know I am where I am headed. I can even tell Nicola by the type of swinger splashing that she makes as she lightweight of what to me seems particularly dense type of H2O! But I have never had the time to stop and look out! That’s until yesterday.

In preparation for our long swim today (8.3K for Nicola, 7.4K for me), we had an easy day yesterday. So, I used the opportunity to swim around the parameter and act like a tourist, taking photos of…well…water and greenery! As you can see from the photos below, you have seen one, you have seen them all. However, I thought I would share them with you, as I suspect most of you are like me, head down, ploughing your way through the water.

I have often wondered, while my face is buried in the water, gulping for air as I come up, trying hard to keep pace with Nicola the Mermaid-come-Torpedo, what the lake surroundings look like. I have pretty much mapped the bottom of the lake by now. I see a weed, I know where I am. I see a fish, I am dead jealous! I see a faraway landmark, I know I am where I am headed. I can even tell Nicola by the type of swinger splashing that she makes as she lightweight of what to me seems particularly dense type of H2O! But I have never had the time to stop and look out! That’s until yesterday.

In preparation for our long swim today (8.3K for Nicola, 7.4K for me), we had an easy day yesterday. So, I used the opportunity to swim around the parameter and act like a tourist, taking photos of…well…water and greenery! As you can see from the photos below, you have seen one, you have seen them all. However, I thought I would share them with you, as I suspect most of you are like me, head down, ploughing your way through the water.


Massive progress

A few weeks ago, Jason very proudly posted a photo of 3 of us in the pool practicing side-by-side drafting. I actually felt quite depressed, looking at my straight arm pressing down on the water….against 2 of  the fastest swimmers in the squad…and being man-handled by them (you know who you are, Bryan M and Andy B!).

It was back to the drawing board. Plenty of pool technique sessions on my own and with Jason, watching Swim Smooth videos and playing around with the hand and arm movements.

The following week I was swimming next to Nicola, thinking why is she SO MUCH faster than me? Well, plenty of reasons for that, but just swimming for 200-300m and playing around with the catch, rotation and the power through the catch I matched her pace…momentarily, that is. But long enough for me to get the sensation of the catch and movement through the water.

Back to the pool focusing on the catch and trying to recall the sensation of my limbs in the water while swimming next to the Mermaid.

Two weeks on…BOOM! 9 Seconds per 100m faster over 3.5K. 6 Seconds per 100m faster over 5K. I still press down on the water, but I have a much better feel for when it happens! Plenty more work to be done.

Power Balls

These things have been a super hit. Plenty of folks in and around the lake have come over and tried them. I tend to make quite a few for our long swimming sessions, so by all means come over and have some.

You will find the recipe in the 6K Swim & Power Balls blog.

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.

Keyvan Shirnia

By Jen Harris