So over the last few months I have been slowing myself down in the pool trying to work on various techniques that specifically help me with long swimming session. Speed is not my priority at all. This is not a race and I want to have an adventure. I've been working a lot on breathing properly and trying to make the most of my entire arm as a paddle and not just my hand. Also small changes like when my shoulders are tired I have then spread my fingers out completely. Picture paddling a kayak with a spade. Then picture paddling with a garden fork. You will go a lot slower but it will be easier and you'll still make progress while resting your shoulders.
I then went back to the Endless Pool for one final tweak. The good news is that I've improved a lot. A lot of that has been due to my new wetsuit which I honestly believe was modelled on a mannequin that was my twin. It's so important to have a suit that fits properly and this one is perfect. (View my kit list here) I am finally getting swimming fit. It's a great type of fitness too. I loved how I felt when I was bike fit but did feel it was very leg oriented. Swimming fit feels more evenly spread around my body. It's also really helped my back recover from the accident which has been great.
So with one week to go I feel confident. Although this is a swim challenge I still want the main focus to be adventure and exploring a part of the UK that many people don't get to see.
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