I’ve not been in the water since I was sick about 10 days ago, and after that disasterous session I really lost my bottle. Poor Em has had to put up with me moaning that I can’t swim etc etc….
I think it was mostly psychological in the fact that I’d got in such a state when I was ill and I was telling myself that I never wanted to get in a swimming pool again. I was convinced that it was the way that I swim that was making me ill….and maybe not the fact that I had a virus. I’ve been reading the Total Immersion book by Terry Laughlin and a lot of what he says makes sense, I applied some of his theories to my swimming yesterday and it felt easier. Mind you that could have just been the fact that I wasn’t feeling ill……but its my placebo and if it works then fine.
I managed to swim an easy 20 lengths or 500m in approx 15 minutes, didn’t properly time myself. When I’d finished I had a little bit of a headache and so I took some paracetamol and it cleared about 10 minutes after getting out of the pool. I also ate a bowl of porridge at 11am as it had been suggested that I wasn’t eating enough before exercising ( having had my breakfast at 6 or 7am ). After the swim I had a tuna sandwich.
So I’ll try it again today, my confidence isn’t as bad as it was but as I said to Emma last night I’m still nervous about what is ahead. The bike and the run although monsterous in distance ( and probably pain ) hold no fear for me, when I get out of that Lake on the 1st September ( provided I can stand up ) I’ll have the biggest bloody grin on my face you’ll ever see because for me I will have conquered my demons.