2000m 41:41 (NOMAN Ibiza-Barcelona, swim session 5)
*32 days until the race*
I had today all planned out! It was going to look a little bit like a rowing session in the morning followed by housework, shopping and a bit of relaxation before a long swim in the evening before dinner. Alas, life tends to happen when you make plans and it really doesn’t care about them.
So, I woke up late at 1100hrs and felt pretty demotivated! Before I’d even fully woken up I knew the plan had changed – no morning row. I got straight into some life admin, wrote an article about the race for my old school and then went to buy some food for the week. When I got home I decided to cook dinner before heading to the pool so I wouldn’t have to do it when I got back – I had started to perk up at this point and was even feeling pretty good about coming home post-swim, cracking on with some of my Navigation & Safety course and then eating some dal before a watching a few episodes of The X-Files (yes, I am a geek).
I jumped into the pool and clicked into nice rhythm and pace very quickly. I knew I would only have an hour to swim as there was a club meet set to take place between 1800-1930hrs so I figured I would be able to cover about 2 miles in this time. The lanes I was using had only one other swimmer and our patterns meant we crossed in the middle of each lap – he was heading up the pool, I was heading down which makes for a more relaxed and confident swim knowing that you won’t have to try to pass anybody or move out of the way for anybody.
Obviously something didn’t go quite right though. I noticed at around 1720hrs that I was the only person remaining in the pool and that the line dividers had been set out for the club meet. I just kept my head down and kept on swimming, still feeling confident that 2 miles would be in the bag no later that 1805hrs. As I touched the wall at lap 65 (1 mile) I was told I would have to get out of the pool. I just looked up and said “I’m training here, I was told I would have until at least 1800hrs to complete my swim”, I then turned and made off onto lap 66. At lap 70’s wall touch I was again interrupted and asked what I was doing. As there was still nobody in the pool and only club marshals milling around socialising I ignored this question and carried on swimming. I was getting a little bit peeved, and a little bit faster as a result. But, best laid plans and all…when I got to lap 75 I called out to the guard that kept interrupting me that I’d be done in 5 laps. So much for 2 miles but at least I got 2km in.
I should probably stop typing now and crack on with my Navigation & Safety Course before dinner. Tomorrow is ergo day – at least I know I’ll be able to row for 2 hours uninterrupted!