Open-water Training 2017

 

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Coached sessions at London (ish) venues

 

Serpentine

SwimForTri:  http://www.swimfortri.co.uk/hyde-park/

RG Active: http://www.rgactive.com/coaching-training/swim-training/

Serpentine Swimming Club: http://serpentineswimmingclub.com/

General Admission: https://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/hyde-park/things-to-see-and-do/sports-and-leisure/serpentine-lido

Tooting Bec Lido

Fit and Abel: http://fitandabel.com/uk-swim-coaching/

SLSC: https://www.slsc.org.uk/

Training sessions are for SLSC members only. You can get a Club only membership costs for just £25 (£20 for 19-25 year olds) but with the club only membership you have to pay for your entry to the lido.  More details here: https://www.slsc.org.uk/club-events/training-sessions/

General Admission: https://www.placesforpeopleleisure.org/centres/tooting-bec-lido/

Parliament Hill Lido

Tri For Fitness: http://triforfitness.co.uk/courses.htm

General Admission:   https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/green-spaces/hampstead-heath/swimming/Pages/Swimming-opening-times-and-charges.aspx

London Royal Docks

RG Active: http://www.rgactive.com/coaching-training/swim-training/

General Admission: http://www.londonroyaldocksows.co.uk/opening-times/

Hampstead Ponds

RG Active: http://www.rgactive.com/coaching-training/swim-training/

General Admission: https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/green-spaces/hampstead-heath/swimming/Pages/ponds-times-charges.aspx

West Reservoir

RG Active: http://www.rgactive.com/coaching-training/swim-training/

TriScape: TBC

London Fields Tri Club: https://lftri.co.uk/training

Capital Tri: https://v1.bookwhen.com/capitaltri

Swim Open: http://swim-open.com/

General Admission: http://www.better.org.uk/leisure-centre/london/hackney/stoke-newington-west-reservoir-centre  Note: in order to go swim there outside of organised sessions you need to have done an induction.  As the season progresses the availability decreases, so if you are thinking of using this facility, we would suggest booking your induction ASAP.

Brockwell Lido

Streamline Swims: http://www.streamlineswims.com/training/training-dates/

Windrush Tri Club: http://clubhouse.windrushtri.co.uk/page/training

General Admission: http://www.brockwelllido.com/

Shepperton Lake

Swim Lab: http://www.swimlab.org.uk/diary/

General Admission: http://www.sheppertonopenwaterswim.co.uk/

Stubbers

Swim For Tri: http://www.swimfortri.co.uk/stubbers/

Ham Lake

RG Active: http://www.rgactive.com/coaching-training/swim-training/

Heron Lake

General Admission:  http://www.swimheron.co.uk/

Bray Lake

General Admission:  http://www.braylakeswimming.com/

Thorpe

General Admission:  http://www.thorpeopenwaterswimming.co.uk/

Liquid Leisure at Datchet

General Admission:  http://www.openwaterswimminguk.co.uk/location

Marlow

General Admission:  http://www.openwaterswimminguk.co.uk/location

Papercourt

General Admission: http://www.racestrong.org/papercourt/

The Splash

Sunday morning saw a gaggle of open water swimmers and a token triathlete head to the west reservoir at Stoke Newington for Capital Tri’s final ‘the splash’ of the season.

My day started at 6am when I took the Katie Kenny approach to nutrition and had a biscuit for my breakfast before driving to North London.

We arrived at the West Reservoir and quickly registered. The reservoir is a lovely venue – so lovely that you can even have your wedding reception there. I’ve never been to swim here before because the timings have never worked for a RG Active session and to do a “on your own” swim session you need an induction, which is a bit of a nuisance and they get booked up well in advance.

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I was swimming the 3k at 7:25, whereas, most of the others were starting their 3km at 7:55. We had a briefing and then soon enough I was in the water. At this point with Brian, Dad Carr, David, Pivo and Josie being in a later wave and Katie being in Berlin, I decided to try make a friend with the nearest available man as I needed some clarification about how many laps I was meant to be swimming. Said man didn’t want to be my friend but I persisted until we set off. We were doing 4 laps of 750m (thanks ‘said man’ for clarifying this).

As seems to be the norm now I had to calm myself down over the first lap. There was a pack ahead, which I was never going to catch and then me and 2 other guys. I quickly pulled in front and with that accepted the possibility that they might draft off me the whole way.

After the first lap I reminded myself I wasn’t race fit and needed to relax the effort levels. Surprisingly this didn’t significantly impact my pace (see below) which should serve as a lesson.

As I ended lap 3 the lead swimmer from the later wave overtook me. Waaaaaah! And soon enough Uncle Davey, Brian and Dad Carr followed suit. I tried my best to hang on to Brian and Dad Carr but only lasted 100m.

I sprinted to the finish and exited in a time of 52 minutes. I was hoping for 50 minutes but general consensus in the post race debrief was that it was 3.2 km not 3 km so this was on target.

It was a great event and one I would definitely be keen to do again.