Monday 12 April 2021


This afternoon I took my first pool swim for just over a year. Although last week I was in the lake at Doncaster that barely counted as a swim as the major effort was resisting the cold. A hopeless endeavour beyond 10 minutes!

In the lake my arms had lost all memory of swimming, but in the safety of a pool they could recall what to do. I was in the water for about half an hour and swam 700m with brief rests. Even a few bilateral breathing lengths. 

I was pleasantly surprised by my pace which dipped below 2:30min/100m. My impression is that I've lost endurance by forgetting how to manage with reduced respiratory gas exchange.

Let's hope I can move my shoulders tomorrow.

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