I spent Easter morning having brunch with my family, before heading to the Olympic Park with my Mum for a swim. After a less than stellar first training swim last week, I was in major need of some inspiration, and where better than at the Olympic Aquatic centre. To swim in the very place where British greats like Rebecca Addlington and Ellie Simmonds earned their medals.
Sadly the weather wasn’t very spring like!
Unfortunately, due to an oversized inflatable and about one hundred lifejacket clad children, we weren’t able to swim in the competition pool and had to settle for the training pool. Although we were lucky to get a lane to ourselves and deliberately ignored the ‘Fast Lane’ sign. I still found my lengths exhausting but did manage a few more in the 25m pool than I did on Wednesday.
My Mum used to be a brilliant swimmer so I asked her to have a little look at my form and although she thinks there is nothing fundamentally wrong with my front crawl, she agreed that it might be a good idea to get some open water swimming lessons. I know I’ve got a long way to go before my fitness is up to 400m non-stop swimming without relying on breathers every few lengths to ‘clean my goggles’!
If you’re planning on swim at the Olympic Aquatic Centre then it’s best to book a swimming session online, either for the Competition or Training Pool, although you can pay on the day. An hour session starts at £3.50 for adults, and is open from 6am (although you may see Tom Daley training around 8am!) Bring flip-flops, a towel and a £1 coin for the lockers, plus shampoo, conditioner and shower gel.
Oh and don’t forget to stop by at the cafe afterwards for some delicious fruit salad…
Hope you had a brilliant Easter.