We have been working quite hard in the grotty chlorine pit over the winter, the benefits of having regular training partners in Bill and Ben are massive, we constantly race each other during our interval sessions then put the world to rights in the sauna afterwards which is always funny and a great way to unwind.
With the arrival of April, it was time to make the dreaded return to open water, as always it would be mentally and physically tough getting back into the cool water. Last year I was late (mid May) starting outside and paid for it throughout the season.
Whilst the air temperature is fluctuating and the water remains below 11º, the plan as usual is restrict training to our local river, it's only about 2 miles from home and it's free.
After this we venture further afield as the time in the water increases.
The target and general benchmark for this time of year is 60 minutes at 10ºc.
I've included a little map showing our normal start point of the Jetty at Preston Park and some markers we use as sessions increase.
Thus far we (combinations of Ben, Amanda and Bill) have
8th 11minutes @ 8ºc 326m around the jetty area
10th 21 minutes @ 9ºc 989m around the boats+
18th 17 minutes @ 8ºc 718m around the boats
20th 34 minutes @ 10ºc 1690m to first boat
21st 34 minutes @ 11º 1910m to tennis courts
25th 50 minutes @ 10ºc 2620 second corner and boats
27th 33 minutes @ 8ºc 1700m around boats and first corner
30th 36 minutes @ 8ºc 1900m boats almost second corner left
I am yet to hit the benchmark, BUT, it isn't too far off (providing the sleet and snow stop!)