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Keyvan’s 14k swim for Alzheimers – Update 6

The folks at Swim Smooth, whose methodology we use for all our training have analysed over 6,000 different swimming styles and categorised them into the following groups:

  • Arnie: Lean, mean, along with big muscles. Doesn’t like using the legs.
  • Bambino: Lacks confidence in water.
  • Kicktastic: Likes a good old kicking in the water.
  • Overglider: The over thinker. Analyses everything to the nth degree.
  • Swinger: No. Not what you think! The recovery arm comes across straight. Great open water swimmers.
  • Smooth: The envy of the pool, with beautiful silky effortless stroke.

As each category has its own set of characteristics, there are specific training programmes aimed at supporting the swimmer overcome the typical challenges related to that category. Over time and with a lot of practice, one hopes to become efficient.

So, I want to paint a picture for you. It’s 6 AM. 6 of us all sleepy lined up about to get into the Victorian pool, psyching ourselves up for the torturous session Jason has conjured up on the board.


1920’s Photo of the Milton Road swimming pool

And these are the typical thoughts going through my head as I swim up and down the lane:

  • Pull: Do the fingertips point down and elbow stays high?
  • Catch: Does the wrist stay unbent?
  • Reach: Do hands extend forward and slightly down?
  • Entry: Does the arm drop into the water without pause?
  • Recovery: Is my arm relaxed with a high elbow?
  • Finish: Do my hands exit the water past my hip?
  • Centre line: Avoid crossing the centre line with my hands. My current bugbear!
  • Rotation: Does my torso rotate with my stroke?
  • Bilateral breathing: Don’t forget to breath!
  • Head position: Is my head in a neutral position? Never mind that…breath!
  • Balance: Is my hip near the surface and my feet near the water surface?

Me thinks, I am an over-glider! And I have been, but fortunately due to the 1-2-1 analysis and bespoke training sessions, I have managed to kick this habit and moved towards the Smooth category, resulting in faster times.

Four PBs in 2 weeks

Particularly pleased with the progress made last 2 week, breaking my PBs 4 times:

  • 400m @ 6m:44s (-10secs)
  • 200m @ 3m:10s  (-14secs)

Monthly mileage

Fundraising for Alzheimer’s Society

If you would like to donate for this amazing charity, which is providing care for Dementia sufferers and driving research into the causes Alzheimer’s, then please do so via JustGiving: justgiving.com/keyvan-shirnia

I am grateful for all your support and thanks very much for reading.

Keyvan Shirnia

By Daniel Swann