Saturday 1st February 2014

Workout Soundtrack: Johnny Cash – ‘Blood, Sweat & Tears’

50m warm-up (freestyle)

24x25m 32:00 (Combat Swimmer Stroke/Sidestroke)

100m warm-down (Breaststroke)

Sauna: 35 minutes

I was cutting it fine this evening as the pool closes at 1900hrs – I jumped in at 1800hrs and decided right away to get the blood pumping with an above race pace warm-up before deciding to dedicate the rest of the swim to practicing my combat swimmer stroke.

I have to say I really enjoyed the sensation of gliding through the water and after about 6 or 7 laps I felt fairly comfortable with the technique – I was swimming about 10 to 12 metres underwater before surfacing to continue partially submerged. I manged to keep my hand underwater at all time as well which I thought I’d find difficult! There were a few moments when taking a breath that I took on water but thankfully not enough to make me splutter, stop or cough. I’m most certainly going to study the technique in more detail because I’d like to be able to swim an entire CSS session without taking on any water. I finished the CSS session with a smile on my face and a sense of real accomplishment before setting off on a nice, easy and slow breaststroke warm down.

I went up to the sauna, wrapped a towel around my face and sat perfectly still, breathing deeply for twenty minutes before removing the towel and chatting to a couple of my fellow sauna brethren. All in all, a wonderful end to my six day working week – only two more six day weeks to go before I’m back to my usual five days!

With that dear reader, I shall bid thee good day! I’m away to eat and sleep.

Peace & Blessings

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