Today signaled the official last day of summer and with it came the cold and rain just in time for the monthly 1k swim time trial that we do down at the A.B.C Pool. It meant a very poor turnout with only 6 starters vying for the Golden Duck Trophy.
I’ve only done 1 swim this year so I knew I wasn’t going to trouble anyone and having seen the handicaps that only confirmed it as ‘The Champ’ was only giving me a 12 second start – this after him swimming the house down and NEVER missing a session for about 6 months and holder of 5 Golden Ducks. Pete Walker is a good mate and as honest as they come BUT when it comes to sorting the Handicaps out he hasn’t a bleeding clue (either that or he just enjoys looking after Telstra employees?)
So first away today and true to form ‘The Champ had me caught at the 150 mark, think he sat on my feet for the next 50 metres before I let him go ahead and then tried to sit on him, this lasted all of about 75 metres and I was gone. With only 6 of us in the pool we were ALL pretty much having to work by ourselves and I was really feeling the pace at the 600 mark. So it was a nice surprise when the Taffy Lad overtook me at 800 and dragged my sorry @r$e home for the final 200 as I touched out in 17.48
Pretty ordinary time and over a minute slower then the last time I time trialed back in December last year. It just goes to prove that I need to keep swimming just to maintain my ordinary level if not then its struggle street.
Despite ‘The Champs’ best efforts to rort the system it was ‘all rounder’ Todd who took the Duck today, but with the likes of Elan, Walker and Mermaid away recorded the fastest time of the day with a 15.18 to go with it.
Overall times were
Todd 15.18– golden duck winner
The Champ 17.19
Pretty good weeks training overall, managed to get two good run sets in as well as a swim. With my best session coming yesterday in the 800s.
Will be back out for the longish Sunday run around the park this week
Best wishes go out to both the Chairman Tommy H and Barts who are both doing the State 10k track run at Homebush on Saturday evening, both in pretty good nick so will be interesting to see what time they can knock out.
I won’t predict a time for either, BUT I do hope that poor Tom doesn’t get lapped TWICE J
Also, in Kiwi land, PLOD is turning out in an Ironman, not really seen much of him lately but he normally peaks for such races so again expect a good time from the Irish number 1
Big weekend in the footy (once more) with Arsenal the latest to venture to the home of football. Mr. Wenger and his boys don’t like coming to the
Potteries as it’s normally to rough for them and they get a good beating. So let’s hope that continues this weekend.
Timmy’s Tip – take the 1-1 draw (and I think Master Sweeney will be happy to take a point at that J )
Have a great weekend
Train well and stay safe