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Duncan Goodhew on swimming

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CariGransnet (GNHQ) Thu 25-Jul-13 08:14:39

This week's guest blog post comes from former Olympic gold medallist Duncan Goodhew, who explains the appeal the water holds for him.

Personally in this weather I can't think of anything more tempting than a dip (perhaps with a lolly afterwards?)

Do add your views to this thread

j08 Thu 25-Jul-13 09:55:52

I can only do it with armbands on. sad

I just know I'd sink without them.

j08 Thu 25-Jul-13 09:56:51

I'll stick to my bicycle. And dry land. smile

nanaej Thu 25-Jul-13 10:19:51

I learned to swim in the sea when I was about seven years old and I still prefer sea swimming or open air pools but that is a rare opportunity nowadays. I need to take some lessons to learn how to swim more efficiently as my breaststroke 'style' is awful and I now get neck ache after a couple of lengths sad and this puts me off the only exercise I really enjoy apart from walking.

posie Thu 25-Jul-13 12:48:47

I try to go swimming once a week & do 50 lengths. I taught myself when younger & my breaststroke style is awful too. I still hate putting my face in the water & found that holding my head up to prevent this was giving me neck ache. To prevent this I swim 1 length with my head on the right, then the next length head to the left, & so on.
I keep telling myself I should really take some lessons but this works for me.

Tegan Thu 25-Jul-13 13:00:37

I really hate the chlorine in the water but I have thought about having swimming lessons as it's certainly the best form of exercise you can do. Trouble is my coordination is terrible [thinking breast stroke here] and the nearest I get to swimming is a strange sort of doggy paddle. I've always reckoned it's cause I've got thunderthighs and they rise to the top confused.

posie Thu 25-Jul-13 13:07:48

Tegan, have you been to a swimming pool in recent years? I don't know what they put in the water now but it's not like the chlorine that they used to use that resulted in stinging eyes.

Bags Thu 25-Jul-13 13:58:24

I had the opposite experience, posie, and found swimming pool water more chlorinated and stinging on the eyes than they were when I was a kid. So much so, that I took to wearing swim goggles. I never needed goggles when I was younger and could swim quite happily underwater with my eyes open.

Gally Thu 25-Jul-13 14:17:24

I like to swim and I do so as often as I can, but I just cannot get my head under the water. I absolutely hate the sensation of water bubbling over me and I can't open my eyes. I think I had a 'nasty experience' in a former life as I can't stand seeing the underneath of boats - spooky feeling comes over me confused

Tegan Thu 25-Jul-13 15:04:52

Haven't been to a bath in decades posie! I can also remember the strange echoey sound of the swimming baths when I used to go as a child; seemed a bit nightmare'ish.

kittylester Thu 25-Jul-13 17:00:30

II was put off swimming permanently when I was running [I know!] past those rack of baskets, I slipped made a grab for the racking, knocked a basket off the shelf and a prosthetic arm fell out. I was about 7 blush

annodomini Thu 25-Jul-13 17:08:04

I love swimming, was brought up from an early age swimming in the sea - Firth of Clyde. I don't go as often as I should - keep promising myself I'll start swimming regularly again - next week - or next month...

hummingbird Thu 25-Jul-13 22:27:25

I had an operation on my leg for osteomyelitis when I was eight years' old: this, in my mum's view, rendered me 'delicate', so between us we contrived to get me out of all sporting activities -including swimming - for the rest of my school days. When we used to go the pool, or on holiday with our children, I felt like a right fool, clinging on to the edge and shrieking if anyone splashed me. So, at age 35, I learnt to swim. I had lessons for about a year, and now I have a nice breast stroke and a good front crawl. It turns out I wasn't delicate at all!

absent Thu 25-Jul-13 22:33:28

It's not the chlorine per se that makes the eyes sting; it's the pee in the chlorinated water. I bet that makes you feel better. grin

Bags Fri 26-Jul-13 07:17:22

The chlorine overpowers the uric acid.

hummingbird Fri 26-Jul-13 09:52:09

I have to consciously stop myself from thinking about what might be in the water as I'm swimming along, or else I'm afraid I'll leap out and dash for the hills! smile