5000 meters, 4 swimmers per lane, quickest time wins.
The Swimathon is an indoor national event held every year, and this year I was keen to end my indoor training with a bang. I felt having this indoor race would help push me to keep training hard lap after lap after lap. The hardest thing I found this winter was after swimming in a nice big wide lake, coming back into a small, short, tight indoor pool. Where as I could do two laps in the lake I would have to do 150 lengths in the pool. I was doing this 5/6 times a week minimum for about 2 hour slots. So having this race to aim for, which also happened to be the start of the open water season was great way to keep myself motivated.
Before the race I was unbelievably nervous! I knew the distance was fine, there was no problem there, however thoughts of a slow time and a low place started flying through my head. I have taken the decision not to use tumble turns which greatly help a indoor swimmers time, the reason being that I’m training for life in the outdoor lakes and would never use them. As I found myself in a indoor race I already felt that somehow I had a slight disadvantage to the other swimmers who where using the tumble turns. There were also high expectations, it was home ground the place I train at on a daily basis (although it felt very different), I had trained at this length many times, and local rivals from my training sessions were already impressing in their races.
Welcome to another blog from me!Today is a big day in the build-up to the big channel swim! Today I race in the national swimathon, 5000 meters and I’m aiming for a time of 1 hour 40 minutes. This means 50 metres a minute for the 1.40 hours. I will also NOT be using tumble turns as a part of my training strategy as I’ve refused to do them as they won’t be used in the channel!
Today also marks the start of the open water season, and as from Monday I will be back out in the lakes and sea. This is the start to the final count down to the two live swims and in 4 months time the big English Channel swim!
As we get closer to the swims we will be putting up more blogs, videos and pictures of the build up to the events (and the events themselves!) as well as kicking up fundraising to the next gear, so make sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to get the latest information!
Last but definitely not least, please keep donating to Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research using the link below, and many thanks to all of you that have donated so far! This is the reason I am doing all this, and I appreciate every penny you can spare.
Welcome to the year 2013!
With 2013 finally arriving I thought it was only right to give an overview of the year ahead! It’s going to be a huge year for us and a chance to really make a difference. I have highlighted some key events and dates for this year below, so make sure you get involved!
We are currently working on a bucket collection and a bag pack to help raise awareness and much needed funds. As soon as we have a date we will be posting on our social media pages and website! Did you know if the average length of sleep is 7.5 hours a day and an average life span is 64 years old we would spend 183,538 hours sleeping, if you are able to spare just one hour to help raise money for charity this year you can make a huge difference and feel good about doing it!
- Bucket Collection in the Birmingham city centre area – Date TBC
- Bag Pack either in Birmingham or Bedford! – Date TBC
It is going to be a massive year for sporting events so make sure you show your support as myself and the team continue to train hard to be able to raise awareness for LLR.
- Ben swims 5KM for the swimathon in Robinson Pool, Bedford – 27th April
- Great Swim Series South East – 22nd June
- Great Swim Series Manchester – 20th july
- Ben swims the length of the English Channel, Bedford – Date TBC
- Ben swims a 6 hour qualifier for the swim across the English Channel – Date TBC
- Ben swims across the English Channel starting from Dover U.K. – 27 August to the 4th September
- Team Brophy cycles London to Paris – Date TBC
Make sure to keep any eye out on our website and facebook page for more information!
Thanks for all the support and I’m very excited about what this year entitles for us all!
Ben Brophy & The Team
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Tagged 2013, bag packing, bedford, bucket collection, cycle, english channel, great swim, manchester, robinson pool, south east, swimathon
We have been doing a lot of work on TeamBrophy recently and it has got me thinking.
It is now only about nine months until Ben takes the plunge into the cold murky waters of the English Channel to undertake his amazing, yet gruelling, challenge. Although personally I do not know what my future holds, nine months genuinely doesn’t feel very long away. Judging by how the last two year have gone for TeamBrophy, I assume the swim will be upon us in no time. Probably quicker than most of us would like to imagine.
Those of you close to me know that I am not always one for expressing my emotions. However, I must say that I have the upmost admiration for what Ben is doing. Ben has been focused on this swim for the past two years, three by the time he gets in the water, and I can’t think of anything in my life that I have committed so much to. I have supported other charities but nothing of this scale, nothing that requires so much sacrifice from one man.
I often look at professional athletes and think how much they have achieved, often so young. Then I look at Ben, a guy who by the age of 22, a few years my junior, will have swam across the channel. But more importantly, he will have raised thousands of pounds for a cause so close to his heart.
Ben is doing this for one simple, noble, reason; to stop others having to loose a loved one like he did.
Please support Ben in anyway you can and together we can help tackle Leukaemia.
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Tagged 2 years, 3 years, 9 months, admiration, ben, commitment, dedication, donate, fundraising, sacrifice, TeamBrophy