Two weeks ago I was invited to take part in the #swimathon #blogsquad training session with Duncan Goodhew. Being chosen two years in a row as one of Swimathon’s official bloggers is a real honour for me, and last year I did not get to meet Duncan as I had no babysitting.
This year there was no way I would give this session a miss, especially as you might remember I am trying for the 2.5km challenge swimming front crawl. If you follow my updates on twitter @Fitness4Mamas, you might have seen that last Friday I swam that distance already, and now will be focusing on improving my time.
“Duncan Alexander Goodhew MBE (born 27 May 1957) is a British swimming athlete. After swimming competitively in America as a collegian at North Carolina State University, he was an Olympic swimmer for Great Britain and won Olympic gold and bronze medals at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.” (wikipedia.org)
I was very excited and also nervous about meeting this amazing athlete. But I did not have to as he was so much fun and a very down to earth guy.
After having a few photos with his gold medal and the other Swimathon bloggers we jumped in the pool and started swimming. That was the point when I was extremely nervous as Duncan was closely watching our technique and then giving us advice how to improve it.
I was pleased when he said my technique was OK, but also suggested a few tips, and then we started putting them into practice.
There are these little things like finishing the stroke properly with a little push and splash that gives you a bit of extra speed. Rotating my body is something I have not been doing really, and it does makes lots of difference to the speed.
One thing that he stressed was to try to have your body level with the water level, and kind of look down so your bottom and legs lift and are not hanging down and slowing you down. There were a few other things, but these are the main one I have started focusing on in my swimming and really believe they do make difference.
It was a fabulous session, not only for meeting the man himself and the rest of the #swimathon15 #blogsquad team, but also for having so much fun.
I think Duncan is absolutely right about loving water, and the more you do the more it gives you back.Next year I would love to take part in the Swimathon with my almost 8 year old Isabelle. She is very keen, and she has suggested it. I am very pleased as that’s exactly what I have been trying for, to lead a good example and so happy she loves water like I do.
So who is up for it with me? have you signed up yet? Here is the link! Come on, I know you want to!
By the way, just a little reminder, that I am supporting Marie Curie Cancer Care charity and would love for you to show your support and donate a few pounds. Every little helps!