Kit Carnage

Kazan Countdown 20 days
Kazan Countdown 20 days

If you’ve been following this blog, you may have realised that any thoughts I had of being seriously competitive in Kazan have been abandoned and I’ve resigned myself to the fact that I’m just going to have a weeks holiday and immerse myself in the experience.

Thinking on though it’ll be interesting to see how many Masters turn up for this meet, I think it may well be the poorest attended World Champs since Casablanca in 1998.

I base this rather pessimistic speculation simply on the statistics from the British swimmers. Normally there are about 250 Brits who travel to these events, but there are less than 50 of us making the trip to the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan next month.

Although the unknown is how that figure may be affected by the turn out of Russian swimmers, but only 777 of them attended the Russian Masters Championships at the venue in April so I’m eagerly awaiting the publication of the start list.

kazan t front 2In the meantime for some reason I volunteered to sort out some GB kit, you know how you sort of get sucked into this, with people asking about it and saying “wouldn’t it be nice”.

Anyway in the absence of any other mug saying “yes no worries I’ll be delighted to take that on!” I spent an evening on the internet and came up with some designs, then managed to persuade the ASA to give me all of the competitors email addresses.

So it was a comparatively painless exercise, until I submitted the order and received a message saying that one of the images wasn’t of sufficient quality. Needed a bit of last minute adjustment and it might just be growing on me.

My wholly inadequate training today was in Durham with the Triers, and the scivers. I managed to shame one of them into completing the set, as she was angling to skip the penultimate 50 sprint while she saved herself for the last repeat!

After the session a handful of us whiled away a pleasant hour in the bar of the local Premier inn (well it was 2 for 1 hour)

  • Warm up
  • 25m 10s RI    steady
  • 50m 10s RI    steady
  • 75m 10s RI    steady
  • 100m 10s RI   steady
  • 125m 10s RI   25 hard rest steady
  • 150m 10s RI  25 hard rest steady
  • 175m 10s RI  25 hard rest steady
  • 200m 10s RI 25 hard rest steady
  • 225m 10s RI  25 hard rest steady
  • 250m 10s RI  25 hard rest steady
  • 275m 10s RI  25 hard rest steady
  • 300m 10s RI  25 hard rest steady
  • 325m 10s RI  25 hard rest steady
  • Main Set
  • 200m 25 drill (catch up), 25 swim @ 10s RI
  • 2 x 100 @ 15s RI
  • 4 x 50’s hard @ 30s RI
  • 200m 25 drill (fist) 25 swim @ 10s RI
  • 2 x 100 @ 15s RI
  • 4 x 50’s hard @ 30s RI
  • 200m swim down
  • 3050 metres

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