Imperial Challenge Almost Complete

Monthly Total 89,150 metres

A monster session at Durham this afternoon/evening, with the Tri club and the swimming “bizzies” Dave and Geoff. The two of them have this Saturday master plan to swim 3k in the first hour of this session, you might remember that I  mentioned this fact  a couple of weeks ago. (I think it’s some secret Iron Man training thing.)

To start off we had an entertaining discussion about how difficult it was to recognise each other with our clothes on, as I had bumped into Dave in a professional capacity last week and it took more than a while for the penny to drop and for me to place him.

Mad Cow

In my defence I will mention that he was clean shaven and wearing a suit, although I fully accept that it all may be attributable to the early onset mad cow disease I am labouring under.

The bizzie boys had not given a thought as to how we were going to achieve 3k in the next hour, but by the time we made it onto the pool side they came up with the wonderfully imaginative 30 x 100’s. We then decided to swim them on 2 minutes but to put in 5 on 1:50 after 10 and make the last 5 on 1:50 after a second set of 10 on 2 mins.

14962728_10207553423295861_2113703303520279383_nDave, Geoff and I rotated through the 100’s leading one and then dropping to the back, we were joined by another trier who shall remain anonymous for now, but meant that we lead every 4th repeat.

Drafting Par Excellence

The execution of our plan left a bit to be desired when we swam the middle set of 100’s on 1:50. But they are great guys to swim with, all of us were working pretty hard and hanging on to each other’s feet, drafters par excellence. Just great team work guys.


It tastes as good as it sounds!

I hate to have to confess to this but whilst they weren’t particularly fast there was a nice feel and rhythm to them. They started with a 1:30 but I reckon they settled down to around the 1:35 – 1:38 mark.

The pace clock at Durham is on the side of the pool towards the deep end and makes accurate timekeeping a little challenging. Interestingly I lost a couple of strokes on the first length of each repeat, although they reappeared as the session wore on.


So my next swim should take me over the 100,000 yards for the month and to make 100,000 meters I need to swim just over 3,000 metres in the last three days…. think I deserve that bottle of Boon Doggle….Cheers.

  • Saturday 25th February PM Durham Tri Session
  • 31 x 100  numbers  1-10 @ 2mins, 11-20 @ 1:50 21-31 @ 2 mins
  • 6 x 75 as 25 swim,25 kick, 25 swim @ 10s RI
  • 3 x 150 as 50 swim, 50 drill, 50 swim
  • 1 x 25 @ 35 hard
  • 1 x 50 @ 65 hard
  • 2 x 25 @ 35 hard
  • 1 x 50 @ 65 hard
  • 1 x 25 @ 35 hard
  • 300 steady @ 30 s RI
  • 4 x 75 @ 1:40
  • 300 steady @ 30 s RI
  • 4 x 75 @ 1:40
  • 400 pull swim down
  • 5800 metres


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