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December 2017
Posted By: Cedric On: Dec 13th, 2019 In: Uncategorized Comments: 2

100 X 100m Swim Set

On Saturday 07th of December I was “invited” to participate in a 100 x 100m charity swim event. In an outdoor 50m lido on the southern side of the river (!) on a freezing December morning in London. This begs the immediate questions: what kind of invitation is this??

What kind of friends do I surround myself with??

Well, Mark Sheridan is a “mad keen” (in his own words) ultra marathon swimmer who trains with us weekly at Swim For Tri (you can read his story here, he’s not exactly the regular swimmer you encounter at the public pool). He created the event as a tribute to his budding partner Steve Wand who sadly passed away not long after that following a bike accident. In its 4th year, the event now boasts 40 participants spread in 4 lanes, all aiming to complete the 100 x 100m challenge (as originally set by Mark, Steve and his buddies). It’s a charity event with all proceeds going to Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust.

This is an infamous session I have heard about time and time again over the years from my swimming and ironman circles. A set that will build not only your physical fitness but also, and perhaps most importantly, your mental strength. However I always shied away from it and never really considered it, having never swum further than 5000m in a day. But this time I said yes. It was for a good cause, it would give me some focus to train a bit at this time of the year, and of course I would be able to talk about it to my grand kids for the rest of my life afterwards.

Not willing to look as disheveled as this poor swimmer past the 5K mark, I started training with this event in mind around mid October.

The first week I did 33 x 100m on an interval of 1:40 (15 reps then 1 min rest then 18 more). A random number explained by the fact that when I reached 25 I quickly realised that I couldn’t have done much more so I gave it all until I couldn’t keep up!

On the 2nd week I did 60 (5 x 12) which was almost double!

On the 3rd week I did 72 reps (6 x 12) and even though the last 2 blocks were painful I started to feel confident in the challenge as I was hitting the 100s between 1:26 and 1:29 all the way through. All that on my own in a pool of 1.50m depth. Needless to say how emptied I felt after that session though, a feeling I never experienced before post swimming. I couldn’t do more than 2 pull ups the following morning.

I then went to Japan for 2 weeks where I swam once, for the grand total of 2000m in a typically overheated pool (not an onsen but not far). I came back in mid November with only 3 weeks to train before the event. I managed one long solo swim with 2 weeks to spare: 75 reps (5 x15) on a 1:40 interval, which felt easy until the 55th then suddenly incredibly difficult! But after that I knew I could do it.

(At this point I should add that my main aim at that time was to qualify to the London Marathon by doing a half marathon the week-end before the big swim. I’d ran consistently since the beginning of October, and had started to feel ready for the required 1:15 qualifying time…until disaster stroke 5 days before the race when I realised the stress fracture in my hip had reappeared…story of my life…)

On the morning of the event I did the trek to Charlton Lido (bike + overground + bike), met up with my fellow victims, listened to the briefing (“this is going to be brutal” is what I remember) and got myself ready. A fair chunk of the participants are seasoned marathon swimmers, quite a few have swam the channel solo and/or some other crazy open water feats.

Obviously it was pretty cold out there, not the kind of Tº to make you wanna hang around in speedos for too long on poolside, but I didn’t want to jump in too early too as I knew I would feel even colder in the water…

with my fellow SFT coach Christine Lutsch a couple of minutes before the start…

…contemplating what we got ourselves into!

I did my warm/up on poolside and jumped in 1min from the start. As expected the 22ºC water temp did not make me feel any warmer than the 7ºC outside. I was in the 1:50 lane, meaning we had to do 10 X 10 reps of 100s on a 1:50 interval, each one of us (what with being 10 of us in a lane) taking turns to lead 10 at the front, before resting 1min to allow for changeover and feeding.

I started at the back of the pack with the aim of leading one the last 10s. The first 10 felt easy, the 2nd ones too, the 3rd ones too, and so on. I had experienced that while swimming in triathlon packs before of course, but this was a reminder that the difference between swimming solo/at the front and being dragged along is absolutely massive. I never felt I was putting much effort out there until I took my turn at the front between rep 80 and rep 90. By then I was more than happy to actually be able to push the pace up a bit and FINALLY WARM-UP. I’d spent the first 2 hours shivering, my fingers totally numb and wondering whether I would have to pull out. My core TºC really didn’t want to warm up at all, and every minute of rest made it even worse as I tried to grab a frozen gel or banana from the poolside with my shaky fingers. I seemed to be the only one in this case, as everyone else seemed to be comfortable on that front. One guy in the next (faster) lane even blogged afterwards that he had to train in a heated pool prior to this event in order to ACCLIMATISE TO HOT WATER. Different folks for different strokes really, or, more to the point, different body types. I knew it before and I had it confirmed then: I wouldn’t last very love if I found myself stranded in cold water (that’s below 21ºC for me)!

Between Rep 60 and 70

I won’t lie in saying that I enjoyed the event – I was way too cold for that – but I am glad I did it, went out of my confort zone and saw the end of it, even more so as it was done for a good cause. Many thanks to Mark for talking me into this.

Having never swam more than 5K before signing up for this event I also know now that it is fairly easy to build fitness from a minimal training base (2 or 3 times 30min per week) towards a long distance swim by doing one long session per week, increasing distance every week. Not that the solo training was much enjoyable, but it was damn efficient as the actual 10K on the day felt almost effortless. To be repeated perhaps, in a faster lane and hopefully a warmer pool!

Posted By: Cedric On: Dec 17th, 2017 In: Uncategorized Comments: 0

La Condition Masculine vs La Condition Feminine

I recently sat down with the lovely chaps at Infinite Ear for an in depth discussion, a la casa, about a mix I had just recorded, which was centered around the theme of female empowerment.

 

This was made in reaction to the numerous examples popping up in the news regarding cases of machismo, sexism, men using their power to harass/violate/exploit women, etc. Nothing new, something that’s been going on for ever, but hopefully a topic that is creating a growing awareness thanks to this sudden increase in exposure. + more

Posted By: Cedric On: Dec 17th, 2017 In: Blog Music News Comments: 0

New Record Out – Beauty Bits Vol. 1

While we’re awaiting the 3rd release on BATB Records, we have started Beauty Bits, a sub label dedicated to re-edits/reworks. This will be strictly limited to those special edits that go further than just looping a few bars in the intro/outro, edits that not only reinvent the originals, but also which have been tried and tested on the dance-floor.

 

To kick off we have released a pair of edits of mine which have been sitting in my hard drive for almost a decade! Big up to Rune Lindbaek and Belle Bete for the early support on Harer Nama, and to Frankie Valentine to whom I gave a wav of What Have We Done? in 2007 or so, and who has since been giving me multiple nudges to put this on wax. Well, here it is, in all its glory, and full mastered by Matt Colton @ Alchemy Mastering! + more

Posted By: Cedric On: Dec 11th, 2015 In: Blog News Triathlon Uncategorized Comments: 2

IM Malaysia 2015

 

The (very last minute) idea behind ironman Malaysia was to make one last use of my 2015 pro license, and depending on the result to decide afterwards whether to pursue the Kona dream and KPR race in 2016. Or not.

 

Obviously having never been to Malaysia the prospect of 10 days in the tropics in the middle of November was also a big bonus, and with my mum coming along it really was a no brainer. The big unknowns were my fitness level (what with 2 weeks off post xterra Japan in September then 1 week off sick in October and barely any running due to a micro tear in my left calf) and my ability to race long in extremely hot and humid conditions.

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Posted By: Cedric On: Dec 24th, 2012 In: Blog Music News Comments: 0

How we got down in 2012…

Another year, another thousand of hours spent digging, sorting out, meditating, tripping, shuffling, cycling, running and most importantly dancing to music, lots of, more and more so. Cats like John Talabot, Cos/Mes and Soft Rocks never put a foot wrong, everything they touched was turned into gold. No trend per se, although admittedly I listened to a lot more deep house than usual this year, and a lot less “bass” music. + more

Posted By: Cedric On: Dec 22nd, 2012 In: Blog News X-terra Comments: 0

First Person View Of Urban Downhill Mountain Biking

An idea for a new xterra course perhaps? Hold your breath! + more

Posted By: Cedric On: Dec 2nd, 2012 In: Blog Music News Comments: 1

5 tunes that kept me alive in 2012

I mean these are the songs I went back to time and time again this year whenever I needed some solace from whatever life threw at me. It wasn’t a bad year by any means, but there were certainly some rough patches that required medicine…music that is, with a capital M. + more