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Tiiiime, is on my side. Yuues it is

20 Sep

Photo by WWarby

I have to admit, I’m a *bit* of a sucker for stats and the like (right, I’m not going to apologise for being a geek any longer).  I’m sure I’m not alone when it comes to the time sheets – after all, timing yourself is the easiest way to measure your progression.  Of course, it means a bit more when you’re pool swimming, since in open water conditions on the day can vary wildly from one season to the next (or even one hour to the next).  Still, timings can still be a useful tool.

As an illustration (and to document where I’ve got to so far), I’m going to list the open water events I’ve done thus far:

  • Great North Swim 2009 (1 mile, lake):  38.40 (breaststroke only)
  • Great London Swim 2010 (1 mile, dock):  36.28
  • Great Salford Swim 2010 (1 mile, dock):  34.28
  • Great Salford Swim 2011 (1 mile, dock):  29.55
  • Great North Swim 2011 (1 mile, lake):  29.49
  • Great London Swim 2011 (1 mile, dock):  29.52
  • International Birdman Swim (2km, sea):  29.17
  • Henley-on-Thames River Swim (1.5km):  27.40
  • WWF Blue Mile swim (1 mile, reservoir):  29.25
  • RNLI Swim Series, Dorney (1 mile, lake):  ?

As you can see, quite a massive difference between seasons, but for those first few Great Swims this year I was only just dipping under 30 mins.   Still, given that the goal I had set myself this year was to swim under 30 mins by the END of the season, I’m pretty pleased with myself.  I can’t really count the Henley swim in this as it was a shorter distance, and the Birdman swim was obviously massively current assisted, but knocking almost 25 secs off my previous best at the WWF swim was good (I think better sighting helped a lot there).

So, the Dorney Lake swim is this Sunday – can I end the season on a PB?!