- GO GOLD Athlete
- British Swimming
- Hinckley and Bosworth
- South Charnwood High School
- Achievements from Application:
5th at British National at 200 butterfly
This athlete also receives free leisure facility access from: Everyone Active
As we near the end of March and get ever closer to the 12th of April I am continuing home based land training and cardio in preparation for a return to the pool. I can't wait to swim again, even the early mornings!.
Id like to say a big thank you for the continued support of LRS.
Home based land training has continued through February, but added into the mix has been some cycling and a lot of walking. Ive been doing my best to help out my Swimming Club in their quest to walk around the world in 80 days, so much walking that I had to resort to walking in sliders because of the blisters!!. Unfortunately it had to snow at the same time. The walking has been a great opportunity to get out in the fresh air and to meet up with some friends at the same time. I can't wait to get back in the water and hopefully that can now be as soon as the 12th of April.
Its really tough not being able to swim, as essential as it is, land training just isn't the same. With no return date in sight for swimming we need motivation to be at its highest during this lockdown. To the rescue is my swimming club the 'Leicester Sharks.' As a team and a club we have been challenged to "Walk around the World in 80 days!." Every mile we walk will be added to the clubs total with the aim of walking almost 25,000 miles!!! Thats some walking to help keep us fit and active. Not only that but we will be raising much needed funds for the charity 'Young Minds' which helps with young peoples mental health. Fingers crossed for some nice weather!! See the link below if you would like to donate or if you just want to see how we are doing.
More Information: justgiving.com
December has seen full training resume, some hard sessions have really helped with the fitness levels. I finished the year with an in club gala which was great practice for the competitions that I will be hopefully be able to compete in next year. Unfortunately the latest move into Tier 4 does mean that training once again becomes land based for the foreseeable future. Fingers crossed that 2021 is a better year for swimmers everywhere. I would like to thank LRSport for their continued support and wish everybody "A Happy New Year", keep safe.
The National Lockdown 2 has put pay to pool based training throughout November, instead the training has returned to Home based land training. Only this time with a twist!! This time the land training was set at similar times to what would have been our pool training, 5.30am in the morning!! Beginning with a WhatsApp to the coach to let him know I was up and followed by a squad zoom call to discuss how I had got on. It also involved a squad walking competition! Training has been different but certainly not any easier. I return to the pool early tomorrow and can't wait to swim again.
As we near the end of October I am now back to full training, nine swim sessions a week!, land training continues at home but hopefully it will be poolside sometime soon. My fitness is increasing fast and it is good to be competing against my squad mates although I am looking forward to competing at future open meets whenever that may be. For the time being all of my focus is on training hard and constant technical improvement.
September has been a great month for swimming. I have finally got back into a regular routine of training and while I am not quite back up to pre lockdown hours the training is ramping up and the fitness levels are increasing daily. There is even some in house competition within my squad and club next month to look forward to and focus on.
I have been able to enjoy some warm weather training this month whilst being away on holiday thanks to some sessions supplied by my coach. It is pretty tough training on my own but I am still as determined as ever to hit the new season in good form. Having recently returned from holiday I have been able to jump straight back into squad training which was amazing. The training is far from that of pre lockdown, but it is the first step towards swimming normality. Looking forward to increasing the swimming sessions and the fitness level.
So 122 days after getting out of the pool, I have recently been lucky enough to have the use of a small private outdoor pool, I have the smell of chlorine in my nose again and I love it. I am working hard on skills in the pool and topping up my fitness with land based training and open water sessions. Swimming life is still far from what I am used to, but its getting there. Looking forward to some squad training soon.
It has been 14 weeks since our swimming pools closed, the land training is going well and I am still as determined as ever to be fit and ready for the moment they reopen, fingers crossed it won't be long now. However this month I decided that I couldn't wait any longer, I needed to swim!. So I took my first delve into Open Water Swimming, something that had not really appealed before. It was a fantastic feeling to be swimming again in fact I really enjoyed the experience and have my next swim booked, although I don't think it will ever replace the swimming pool!
Thank you LRS for my grant that has arrived this month, can't wait to put it to good use.
Land training has continued during May, thankfully the sun has shone and Ive been able to do most of my training outside which is always a bonus. My coach is keeping me engaged and committed to training and with regular zoom meetings and "in club" competitions I am enjoying the fun side of lockdown.
Missing the pool and my fellow swimmers. Fingers crossed for a speedy return to wet training!
With no access to the pool, dry land training has taken on a whole new meaning. Moving into week 4 of lockdown my home training has become incredibly important along with my determination and commitment to see the other side in as strong a position as possible. Fantastic support from my coach and fellow squad mates is helping to make home training an essential part of my programme but most importantly fun and enjoyable. Looking forward to that first swim.
Stay safe everyone.