I am a nurse, and I knew that I had a month of night shifts, so I had planned my swim training around them. The plan was to go straight to the gym in the morning, allowing myself time to sleep and recover, as well as get in some quality training. However, as per life, not everything went to plan.
The first week started ok, getting to the gym by 07:30 just in time to see some of my fellow Trent dippers; but halfway through that week I got informed that I needed to attend some training at work, which meant that the following week I would be back on days. This pattern followed me, and rather than working 15 nights over a month in blocks of 5, I worked 1 week of nights, 1 week of days, followed by 1 week of nights and another week of days. I lost track of the date, day and what shift I was supposed to be on. Training stopped, and most of the month was lost
Vicki & Andy at Felixstowe Beach
My first proper day shift saw me start a new job role, a promotion and the additional pressures that brings. But I also got back into the pool. I had so missed it. I didn’t look at my training plan, I just swam. The following week it was Christmas, and I knew that I wouldn’t be able to train as much, so I used the week to get myself back into the water. My husband joined me in the pool as well, and we enjoyed drinking coffee afterwards.
Boxing Day Dip 2014, Caroline is a Christmas Elf
I have been able to get a couple of open water swims in, a birthday dip, and with fellow team mates a sea swim at Felixstowe with Louise, and the Boxing Day dip at Activities Away with Caroline.
For at least the next three months I know that I will be working 9 to 5 Monday to Friday, rather than shift work, which means that I can follow my training plan with hopefully no disruptions.
My Training Plan includes before and after work sessions. Swimming at least 4 times a week, 2 runs and flex, pole, kayak and turbo/ run brick session once a week. I am also aiming to travel down to Felixstowe once a month for some sea swimming, and will be back swimming in the River Trent & at Activities Away in March
I know that training plans can’t be fixed in stone, and that I need to be adaptable. And whilst I am used to training on my own, I was surprised about how much I really missed catching up in the changing room with my gym and swim buddies. They may have different focuses, and we are of differing abilities, but we all have the common goal of pushing ourselves to our own personal limits, whilst having fun, and I am glad to be back!