Sunday 17 July 2011

Too Scary to be a Death Eater or Journalistic Integrity undermined by Pudding Basin Haircut?

Binge in full make up for "Death Eater" audition 
So the editor of the Swimming Times suggests to me that for a few months I might like to contribute to the "Inside Out" feature in his esteemed publication which I affectionately refer to as "the comic."

Now some of you may be aware that I am already responsible for the Masters column in the trade mag, and its not like I have a significant amount of spare time to devote to this endeavour; 

But, flattery will get you anywhere and with the thought that my journalistic talent was about to be recognised and assurances that firstly, I could use some of the material from this blog and secondly that the sub editor Mr Guttridge would not "Gut" my attempts at humour from the column, I somewhat foolishly agreed. 

I should have been suspicious during a telephone call last week when the Editor mentioned he had some good action shots to illustrate the piece, the result  hmmm well see above. 

So first session post publication of my first effort and I walk into training this afternoon to be met with hoots of derision and a tsunami of mickey taking. As you can see from this shot I am broad shouldered (comes with the territory of being a swimmer) and well able to withstand the sustained personal attacks upon me and my choice of hairdresser so it ultimately did not put me off my session. 

Today's printout records that over half of the session was in Zone 3 and was pretty hard work, my toosmartwatch is now telling me I'm in the red zone and shouldn't train for a day or so....sounds like a plan.

2 x 266 @ 5 mins
18 x 100 @ 1.50
1 x 100 5 s @ each 33
2 x 100 10s @ 66
3 x 100 @ 1.50
2 x 100 @ 5 s @ 33
1 x 100 5s @ each 33
1 x 100 @ 1.50
2 x 100 @ 10s @ 66
3 x 100 5s @ each 33
2 x 100 5s @ 33
1 x 100 @ 1.50
200 swim down
2 x 33 sprint with 33 swim back
333 swim down
2900 m

PS Just in case there's any lingering doubts that's me in action in Leeds last month!

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