Keyvan’s 14k swim for Alzheimers – Update 9

It started all so innocently! A small pair of swimming paddles to help with feeling the water at the front of the stroke, following my very smooth swimming pal, up and down the Malmesbury pool middle lane.

Two months later and I have hit my ceiling. Need to get some help. Get a book. Check YouTube. Google it. And that’s how I found SwimSmooth. A quick trawl through the website and next minute I have ordered a copy of the SwimSmooth Intermediate training book with 32 training sessions and just wait!

Like an excited kid, as soon as the book arrives I quickly scan through it and realise that in order to follow the training sessions I need to get more aids! A tsunami of kits follows shortly after….Tempo trainer, paddles, pull buoy and fins. Busy Amazon delivery…Finally, all ready to go. Progression through the first 15 session was great and I could easily see a massive improvement in my endurance and efficiency.

But then I hit a snag, which to this day I am still battling with. Cramp! Cramp in my feet. Cramp shooting up my legs. That resulted in a whole set of changes including a change of diet and plenty of stretching, which helped, but then my focus naturally turned to some adjustment to the kit! Bring on the fins…more fins!

A couple of months later, the open water season starting to get into swing and so I had to get kitted up for the cold water! This is my third set you see below!

And finally, as you may have read in my previous Blind as a bat blog, optically speaking, I am somewhat challenged, so 2 pairs of prescription goggles are also included in the bag!

All I can say is I am grateful I am not competing in any triathlon!


Monthly progress towards 14K swim


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:

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

Keyvan Shirnia

By Daniel Swann