andy’s english channel swim: august 2007

June 26, 2006

Week 2006 06 25

Filed under: swimming training — andy @ 4:58 pm
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Big training swim on Saturday. It’s fascinating what didn’t chafe at 9km, but what does chafe at 15km!

June 21, 2006

Week 2006 06 18

Filed under: swimming training — andy @ 12:42 pm
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Another long-ish session in the cooler waters of the 50m outdoor Pavilion pool (see 3rd chart above) on Saturday left Sunday as a recovery day before the new week’s onslaught. I had the pool to myself, as if the City Council had provided this wonderful facility for my exclusive use. To make things even better, at the bottom of my kitbag I discovered a crumpled old receipt for a ticket granting a year’s access to the pool (ZAR 300 or £ 22). What a contrast to the price of organising a single swim at Dover, which will not leave much change from ZAR 75 000 when plane tickets, accommodation, pilot boat etc are all accounted for – no wonder South Africans all finish the swim!

From next week I plan to

  • add a 2nd long weekend swim
  • take Friday & Monday as light or rest days
  • join the legendary evening sessions at the Point gym after work
The evening session is populated by former English Channel swimmers, former competitive (national) pool swimmers etc – "a short quality session" as the coach Kevin Fialkov describes it – about 2km in an hour. This is to build up the strength to confront the notorious current at the French coast which has defeated many aspirant English Channel swimmers at the end of a long day in the water.

June 13, 2006

Week 2006 06 11

Filed under: swimming training — andy @ 8:45 am
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Back in the saddle with a vengance! A short Robben Island swim (to Blaauwbergstrand) on Tuesday, and a 9km swim on Sunday (6 x 1500m @ about 25 mins; 1 min rest between each) got the mileage up. Oh yes – and consistency is the key!

The Tuesday Robben Island swim was to accompany Schalk on his first crossing. A beautiful day, flat water & sun on our back made for a  comfortable swim of 2hours 20 mins – certainly a respectable time for first-timer Schalk who, I have no doubt, will be back for more soon. Schalk’s commitment is borne out by his training for the event in a fresh water outdoor pool in Johannesburg, which will have been at lower temperatures than the 14 degrees we swam in on Tuesday.