(Strange photo that )
I’m pleased to have completed the BLDSA Champion of Champions swim in Dover harbour today .
9 miles (5, 3 and 1 mile races) in overall time of 5 hrs 22 mins. Not the fastest time, I came 17th, but then my main objective was simply to complete the course.
After months of going slow to accomodate various injuries and not being not in the best form, I found it a difficult swim. I’m told however that even the hardiest and most accomplished of swimmers find it difficult.
My hip flexors were really tight and painful, so I didn’t really use my kick and for the first time ever I had a sharp pain in my elbows.
The water was 15 degrees and it was raining and overcast, so not much comfort from the sun .
It might have been easier as one long continuous swim rather than three swims with breaks in between as this made the whole event some 8 hours in total . The problem though is with feeds.
During my channel swim my coach will manage and give me feeds . In this event however, i had to carry my nutrition with me. I had loads of energy gels stuffed down the back of my trunks. There’s is only so much space for gels in there , so this wouldn’t work on a long continuous swim.
It was a useful training exercise however. It gave me an idea what kind of condition I am in and the areas I need to focus on to improve my performance for the channel.
Nutrition, flexibility and shoulder stability need attention.
I have two weeks to prepare for my next swim in Torbay. That will be a continuous 8 miles swim in the sea. I will be accompanied by a kayaker who will carry my feeds for me.
I am about to go to sleep. I’m feeling quite sore. Tomorrow I imagine it will feel even worse.
Fortunately seeing Mel Denyer for a massage on Monday. More pain
Here is a video clip of the 1 mile race made by one of the kayakers . I’m not too keen on the soundtrack he has added but the video gives some indication of what it was like