Cardiff Swim Camp blog 1

Members of Lincoln Vulcans have joined swimmers from Harrow SC for a swim camp in Cardiff during half-term. Here is the blog from the Harrow camp….

Day 1

After a good journey to Cardiff, we arrived at Cardiff International Pool at 1.45pm. We were greeted by Tara jumping up and down in the car park, where the Lincoln swimmers had waited patiently for us since midday.

The first session was a tough short course set and all the swimmers quickly adjusted to their new environment. The coaches, Andy and Paul, were really pleased with all the swimmers efforts. Next it was time to battle the Cardiff rush hour traffic and our convoy of 3 mini buses, found the hostel, about a 15 minute drive. Paul managed to manouvre his mini bus into the car park with ease, while Alison, who was also following, did not realise her mini bus was longer and wider. This proved very tricky, but with the help of Noleen and Paul trying to get the gate open wider, she just about made it. Suzette meanwhile held up the local traffic and the air was filled with honking horns!!!. After watching Alison's struggle, Suzette being the much more sensible person, decided to park on the street!!

After checking in, we all met up for a team meeting and then dinner. The rest of the evening was spent, Duvet and bed making and if already done, the rest spent the time relaxing, as many people were tired.

Day 2

Tuesday started with breakfast at 7am, followed by a 2 hour long course swim session, which consisted of distance, I.M and Form stroke work. Land training followed with flexibility and stretches being core. There was a quick turnaround time with a visit to the supermarket, followed by lunch at the hostel. When at the hostel, there was time for a quick rest before being back in the pool at 2pm for the next short course session.

On the return Journey, Adam's competitive spirit showed in true style - his main ambition is for his mini bus and driver (Suzette), to beat Alison. Alas he sadly lost AGAIN and the disappointment was obvious for all to see.

All the swimmers, then took great advantage of the 1 and a half hours rest, with several of them also make the most of their time by doing homework and study.
Tonight after dinner, the swimmers will be having a team talk from their coaches. This will be followed by a quiz, which will include a few surprises and treats.

Tony Panacides
Competition Secretary