For those of you keen to do a bit of open water swimming in the summer, you are almost spoilt for choice.
Venues for training generally start opening up for the season during April and May and with the rapid growth in the sport there are plenty of open water races too. There are races to suit everyone with distances from 1⁄2 a mile to the marathon 10k and in a variety of water conditions from lakes, reservoirs, rivers and the sea.
We have pool time twice a week at the Lord Butler Leisure Centre for coached sessions. We cater for most standards but are unable to coach non-swimmers.
Sessions are held on:
Monday 20:30 - 22:00 We have half the pool during this session and therefore capacity to take up to 10 swimmers. The session is coached until 21:30 after which you can either get out or use the last half hour by extending your swim or doing a longer cool down.
Wednesday 20:00 - 21:00 For this session we have the whole pool, the session is coached for the whole hour but the pool reopens to the public at 21:00. During some sessions there may be the opportunity to be filmed whilst swimming and review this with a coach.
Please remember to arrive 15 minutes before the session starts to give yourself time to get changed and be in the water at 20:30 ready to start the session.
Note: there is no training on Bank Holidays.
This will start on Thursday 6th November at the R A Butler School, Saffron Walden. We have the hall booked from 19:30 onwards.
Please arrive around 19:15 to check-in and give yourself time to warm-up prior to entering the hall. Bring a drink and a towel with you, we're going to make you sweat more than ever this year!
These sessions will continue right through to the Spring.
We've often spoken about the benefits of core strength for runners and swimmers, but here is what one of our G.B. gold medal winning cyclists says about core strength,
"People don't realise how important core strength is to cycling. If your upper and lower body are moving separately and you don't have the strong link between, you will waste energy and power. A strong core helps keep the back stong when you are hunched over the bike. Cycling isn't just about strong legs, it's about having a strong core too."