When am I going?

My channel swim is scheduled to take place between the 8-20 July. The actual date and time of my swim is weather dependent.

There are other swimmers to go before me. I’m forth in the queue. The first swimmer is going tomorrow morning.

I’m currently looking at swimming on, or soon after, 17th July.

I’ll post here once I have more details. 

The Up

Had a one hour swim at London Fields Lido this morning and then met up with Tim, for lunch. We had a long discussion about pain management and different strategies to help me maintain focus during my  swim. 

He also gave me an in depth explanation the various factors that need to be taken into account in order to ensure a successful crossing, including timing my swim to make best use of the changing tide. 

As always, he was very encouraging and positive . 

Then I had an appointment with my osteo Sam Burch at Fix, who did some more work on my shoulder and arm.

Then I returned to the lido for 4 hour swim.

Now I’m home stuffing my face.

Feeling good!

It’s not exactly a spectator sport

I’m probably going to be doing my swim on or soon after the 12th July. I don’t know the exact time or date. I just have to be ready for the call from Tim, which I imagine will go something like:

“Riccardo, you alright matey? How are you feeling? How are your shoulders? How are your hip flexors?  Fancy a dip? Get your kit together, we’re going!”

To which I promptly empty my bowels.

I could be  setting off at 2 am or 4 pm. It all depends on the weather and the tide. 

Hopefully I will have a bit of notice, but it will probably be with ing 12 hours. 

There’s a good chance the only people available to see me off or greet me on my return from the swim are my coach and crew. 

It’s quite a solitary pursuit this channel swimming. 

Never go swimming on a full stomach!

Never go swimming on a full stomach!

I have followed this advice since childhood, yet last Thursday  I  decided to swim with digestive problems and ended up straining my groin and neck!

My groin strain doesn’t seem to be too bad . With ice and rest it should be OK to exercise within a week.

My neck muscles however have seized up and are excruciatingly painful when I turn my head. My osteopath did some manipulations to release some of the tension

but said it would take some time before it calms down .

I am now taking painkillers and anti-inflammatory tablets and muscle relaxants that make me drowsy.

So apart from being unable to swim, I have had to take time off work and incurred costs of treatment and medication.

Hopefully it will all pass quickly and I will have full mobility within 10 days.

A week without training, after swimming 3 hours a day,  is a bit of a setback however. I’m very annoyed at myself about this.

Watch your diet!

Correct diet and timing of feeds are key factors to consider when training and competing and facilitate good swimming technique and energy  production