Jack Sexty

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08/09/2015 at 09:39

Hi there,

We've had another question about endless pool training, so look out for an answer in the magazine's Tri Clinic section in the coming months for some session ideas.

As you say, without a coach it's not possible to measure distance travelled without constantly looking at a watch... to solve this position a large LED digital clock on your breathing side (you could mount to a wall or place on a table at the side of your pool, a decent one of about 35cm in length will cost about £30) and use time instead of distance. So for example, if a 200m takes you 4mins, set the endless pool at this pace and perform 10 x 4mins. 

You may want to factor in some extra rest between reps, as it will take a few seconds to get yourself back into the current and begin swimming again mid-set. 

Hope this helps for now!

Jack, 220

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27/08/2015 at 16:39

Hi there,

I have always sworn by Aloe Gator SPF40+ gel, I genuinely find that it lasts all day and I'm yet to burn whilst wearing it for a triathlon! While it is a little sticky it's totally waterproof, so you can splash yourself with water after applying so the gel doesn't stop you from getting out of your wetsuit quickly. It's also available in a lotion but I find the gel works best, and their aloe vera-based aftersun is also very good. 

It only seems to be available on Amazon in the UK, here's the link… http://www.amazon.co.uk/Aloe-Gator-SPF-Gel-4-Ounce/dp/B000M30ZDM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1440689612&sr=8-2&keywords=aloe+gator 

Hope this helps!

Jack, 220

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27/08/2015 at 16:27

Hi there,

If you're looking for maximum security, always look for a lock/anchor with a 'Sold Secure' gold rating, which will satisfy nearly all bike insurance criteria if you lock up with one of these.

The Kryptonite Stronghold and Abus WBA100 anchors get consistently good reviews, both can be mounted to the floor or a wall and are available from numerous retailers if you search online - or pop into your local bike shop for more advice. 

Hope that helps!

Jack, 220

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19/05/2015 at 12:25

Hi Nicola,

Your nearest certified open water venue appears to be QE2 Country Park Lake in Ashington, which is 20 miles from Newcastle. The sessions are ran through VO2 Max Racing Events on Thursday evenings:

http://www.vo2maxracingevents.co.uk/Swimming

Hope this helps!

Jack, 220

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18/05/2015 at 11:14

Hi there,

I've actually just moved from Staffordshire, so know a few spots!

Your nearest club is Newcastle Staffs Tri Club, other clubs fairly close by are Stafford and Burntwood.

Newcastle hold OW swims at Astbury Mere on Wednesday nights (Congleton, 20min drive from Stoke centre) and Stafford at Blithfield Resovoir on Thursdays (35min drive). I would also recommend Lavender Patch lake in Derbyshire (30min drive) which is ran through Meynell Valley Hunters on a Saturday morning (you can swim as a non-member)

Hope this helps!

Jack, 220

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05/05/2015 at 09:45
Hi Timmy,

If you refer to the first table, the key swimming session suggests starting with sets of 200 metres per rep (so you would do 6x200 metres) - as you progress through the training plan you do longer reps (4x300 metres, 3x400 metres and so on) until you are doing 2 600 metre reps by week 10.
In summary, where it says '200's', your suggested swim set would be a warm up, 400 metres hard then 6x200 metres at slightly slower than your CSS pace (refer to jargon buster to define this). By week 10 (where it says '600's') you would warm up, do 400 metres hard then 2x600 metres at slightly slower than your CSS.

Thanks for your query, hope this helps!

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