Last night I swam for two and a half hours around the Hampstead pond. I arrived slightly later than I intended, and had not realised that the pond is now beginning to close earlier and earlier. I'd planed for a three hour swim, but there simply wasn't time.
That said, I learned a few lessons.
1. Plan my training schedule better. On Sunday, I did 901 press-ups in an hour. On Monday I decided to do chest press at the gym, and on Tuesday I swam for two and a half hours. By Wednesday morning I felt like my shoulders had been battered with a length of oak. It wasn't the best training regime I've done.
2. There is a long way to go. A two and a half hour swim is good, but I rapidly need to build up to four. And with the nights drawing in, I need to look at how I'm going to achieve that.
3. I need to do something about the chaffing. A friend told me of a product called Body Glide. I applied loads of it last night (and I've already had to shave), but I still chaffed. It's a niggling pain, that plays on the mind as you swim.
4. I should be proud of what I can already achieve. To be allowed to do a solo swim, I need to complete a ratified six hour open water swim. For a relay team event, each person has to complete a two hour swim. I can already comfortably complete the latter, so I need to look at this as a positive (whilst also figuring out how to get more time in the water).
One time soldier, part-time author, full-time training manager, husband and father.