The weekend was the worst weekend training I have had. That said some valuable lessons learned (or I should say acknowledged)
Saturday 14 May – my plan was to do 2 x 2 hour efforts. The first 90 minutes was great. I was doing intervals (need to work on speed endurance) but the last 30 were a cramped up nightmare. In both calves. My mistake – not to take on any electrolytes. I finished the 2 hours but did not get back in for my second stint
Sunday 15 May was an event in itself. Set off strong for the first 30 minutes. Beat my best perimeter lap time by over a minute but the pace felt easy. So delighted with that. 40 minutes into the session the water appeared to be swirling around me. It felt like I was doing rotation drills. Ali stopped at a bouy and waited for me. She said she had become aware that something was not quite right. When I stopped to tread water the lake was spinning round (like when you have had too much to drink) and my eyes were like pinpricks. Ali suggested we went to the bank. I said I could not even see the bank. We did get to the bank and summoned assistance. A ride back to the pontoon in the safety boat was in order. Tim radioed ahead for hot chocolate and a mars bar. It was certainly a dip in blood sugar. 30 minutes later I was fine and an hour or so later I was back in the water for another lap.
That said it was a slog. I said to my swimming buddies that I hoped to feel only marginally worse at the end of the channel swim!
Lessons learned. More calories required to support the increase in distance and OW exposure.
Better quality food is also a must.
I had flirted with the idea of losing a bit of weight now the water was warmer. But I have decided to embrace the fact that I have the body of an Open Water endurance swimmer.