andy’s english channel swim: august 2007

October 25, 2005

Week 2005 10 23

Filed under: swimming training — andy @ 2:14 pm
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Sleeping awkwardly on my right shoulder, which has an old rugby injury, occasionally results in almost complete immobility of the joint – hence the reduced training in the 2nd half of the week. Hopefully it is not an overuse injury – surely it’s too early for that?

October 17, 2005

Week 2005 10 16

Filed under: swimming training — andy @ 1:27 pm
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Did stick to the plan this week, and nearly clocked up 20km in a week for the 1st time – just backed off a little on Thursday, when I felt that completing the session would have kept me out of the water the next day. As it happened, a minor throat itch led me to postpone Friday’s session to Saturday.

As my coach, the irrepressible Brian Button, insists that he is not interested in the Manhattan graphs, but rather in monitoring heart rate, and specifically the time spent in the training zone, I have included a chart of my resting heart rate. Apart from seeming a little startled one morning it is steady around 60 bpm. This is taken for a full minute immediately on waking up in the morning, before getting up. Any significant increase from normal may indicate overtraining, and will indicate a short break from training.

Monitoring pulse rate during swimming with a heart rate monitor is not as efficient or easy as dry-land sports, so currently all swimming readings are taken by hand.  


October 10, 2005

Week 2005 10 09

Filed under: swimming training — andy @ 12:05 pm
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So far nearly sticking to the plan – quality deteriorated late in the week, so I didn’t force the intensity. 

October 3, 2005

Week 2005 10 02

Filed under: swimming training — andy @ 7:42 pm
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Herewith the "Manhattan skyline" for last week – maintaining the 4km sessions, but missing the Sunday sea swim at Camps Bay. However the excuse for missing Sunday is that I am going to reschedule training as follows:

  • Monday – Friday: the usual 4km session, with coach Brian Button’s Dolphin’s squads at both the Virgin Active Point & Sports Science gyms
  • Weekend: one longer slower swim, either at Camps Bay or the Pavilion (50m outdoor pool in Sea Point)
  • Weights: 3 sessions a week, starting with the toning circuit to create the habit!

This will give me one lie-in a week, which I am not currently getting, and still target 20km weekly.