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Too young to drown

Tony Foster is doing the London Triathlon in aid of Concern. Here’s his latest blog post about his preparation for the event.

I know I’m not a great swimmer. I don’t have size 14 feet and I couldn’t face 1,2000 calories a day (lots of bacon and egg is apparently what Michael Phelps has for breakfast. A greasy spoon’s dream customer). Mind you, I don’t swim 30 miles a week – more like two!

Too young to drown

Nevertheless, in the last couple of weeks I’ve started to feel just a little more comfortable in the water. The swimming coach keeps telling me that I need to relax more, but I don’t feel the least bit relaxed. How can I not be tense – I’m too young to drown!  

Cutting time

The swim is where I can cut my triathlon time. I know my running speed, and that isn’t suddenly going to improve by two minutes. The bike is a maybe. I can wear a go-faster helmet, proper cycling shoes or even get a better bike, but where it really counts is the swim. 

I can see some guys finishing the swimming course as I reach the halfway point. It can be depressing. It reminds me of a friend who gave up taking part in the London marathon when he was passed by someone carrying a telephone box!

Practice 

I’ve signed up for ten open water swim sessions starting in early June. In London, we’re lucky enough to be able to do these in the Serpentine lake in Hyde Park. Don’t dream of doing the swim without doing open water practice. It’s a lot different to any pool. 

Competition

This week, I’ll be taking part in my first competitive event this year. It’s a 500m swim, a 10km bike ride and a 5km run. I can feel the adrenaline start to flow in anticipation. We humans are so competitive! If you can do any other competitive event, for whatever part of the triathlon you are planning, before the big day, do it.  

Running shoes

If you haven’t done so yet, it’s time to check if your running shoes are still operating in the way they were designed to operate. They might look ok but not provide the support they should. You’ll need to wear in the new ones for a few weeks. Happy training!

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Too young to drown
Intro:
Tony Foster is doing the London Triathlon (LINK) in aid of Concern. Here’s his latest blog post about his preparation for the event. 
Body:
I know I’m not a great swimmer. I don’t have size 14 feet and I couldn’t face 1,2000 calories a day (lots of bacon and egg is apparently what Michael Phelps has for breakfast. A greasy spoon’s dream customer). Mind you, I don’t swim 30 miles a week – more like two! 
Too young to drown
Nevertheless, in the last couple of weeks I’ve started to feel just a little more comfortable in the water. The swimming coach keeps telling me that I need to relax more, but I don’t feel the least bit relaxed. How can I not be tense – I’m too young to drown!  
Cutting time
The swim is where I can cut my triathlon time. I know my running speed, and that isn’t suddenly going to improve by two minutes. The bike is a maybe. I can wear a go-faster helmet, proper cycling shoes or even get a better bike, but where it really counts is the swim. 
I can see some guys finishing the swimming course as I reach the halfway point. It can be depressing. It reminds me of a friend who gave up taking part in the London marathon when he was passed by someone carrying a telephone box! 
Practice 
I’ve signed up for ten open water swim sessions starting in early June. In London, we’re lucky enough to be able to do these in the Serpentine lake in Hyde Park (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serpentine_(lake)). Don’t dream of doing the swim without doing open water practice. It’s a lot different to any pool. 
Competition
This week, I’ll be taking part in my first competitive event this year. It’s a 500m swim, a 10km bike ride and a 5km run. I can feel the adrenaline start to flow in anticipation. We humans are so competitive! If you can do any other competitive event, for whatever part of the triathlon you are planning, before the big day, do it.  
Running shoes
If you haven’t done so yet, it’s time to check if your running shoes are still operating in the way they were designed to operate. They might look ok but not provide the support they should. You’ll need to wear in the new ones for a few weeks. Happy training!