Members of Team Vigour have been busy in and out of the water. Paul is the star, again, of the team: if you recall in the last post I wrote that Paul is hoping for a PB 1 mile time of 35/36 min for his very last mile at 2Swim4Life. Well, we need to lower that goal since he smashed this goal only a few days later! It started with Paul setting himself a sub 39 min mile goal on 14 March which he surpassed 3 days later with a time of 38:28. On 22 March Paul decided to just swim and not analyse everything as the swim progressed as he is prone to do. The outcome? A mile of 34:48! How awesome is that?! Methinks he needs to be encouraged to aim for at least a 32 min mile at the event. Pamela, on the other hand, had a fab 19.5km Port to Pub Rotto swim in Australia last week Saturday as part of the Bosom Buddies relay team. Team kit consisted of eccentric blue checkered flannel shirts…..…mmmmmm. Robert, well, unsurprisingly he got kicked out of the slow lane last week at a pool that shall remain unnamed. According to him it was definitely not his fault that two granny breaststrokers joined him in the slow lane after he had been swimming alone in it for about 45 odd minutes. One pass in between the two ladies was all that was required for the lifeguard to ask him to vacate the lane. Did he go gentle into that good night (to paraphrase/quote Dylan Thomas) when he left the lane? Of course not… As for me, I write to you a whole year older in whole numbers than the previous time, and sadly with no exciting, interesting swims to report at this exact moment. But really awesome news will soon be revealed.
Meet the Team: Robert Hamilton
Robert is our focus for today’s Meet the Team blog. He is Mr Vigour himself (thankfully there is a Mrs Vigour as well who makes sure that everything at Vigour Events runs smoothly) and is the friendly person on the shore keeping watch during Vigour swim sessions, and events where he welcomes every participants under his precious and massive bright orange Vigour Events arch. Robert has been involved in some aspect of swimming for almost 30 years, has amassed in excess of 50 different qualifications, and despite this there are oddly enough quite a few people out there who believes that he cannot swim. Personally I can attest to his excellent swimming and, to be honest, whining, abilities (he definitely falls in Calum Mclean’s Heavy Breather category of winter swimmers! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXhoW4EFVP0) in open water after he joined me for a few swims in Bangor in Northern Ireland last year.
2Swim4Life gives Robert an opportunity to actually take part in an event for a change instead of being in charge of it and this he is very much looking forward to this change in role. Like Paul, being part of a team is what attracted him to sign up for the event in the first instance, and he has been working hard on his swimming and general fitness to be ready for all that the 24h challenge can throw at him. Unlike the rest of us who are very focused on getting as much swim miles behind us as possible, Robert has opted for regular swim sessions that normally follow shortly after Bikram yoga sessions. In his view this has helped his body cope with and recover better from the increase in swim mileage and he opted for the heated Bikram version of yoga as a way to reduce the risk of injury. He has been steadily reducing his already decent time for a mile, and is clearly up for the 6 miles that he will need to swim over the 24 hours.
Raising money for Place2Be through this event is important to Robert who views addressing of mental health issues amongst the youth as an important foundation on which the build better and more effective mental health services in the UK. ‘Supporting people through hard times is important, and this is one way of doing so.’ Since Robert can swim, and can most probably swim much faster than he is doing now, I would suggest that friends and colleagues wishing to donate to our fundraising effort because of his involvement, encourage Robert to aim for a PB at 2Swim4Life. Nothing ridiculous, but definitely a sub 30 min mile at the very least. Feel free to write this request into the comment section when you do donate. I am sure that it will act as an incentive – men, target times, and dares go so very well together when expressed on a public forum. And how does Robert feel about swimming? I remember asking him something non-swimming related a few years ago to which he answered: ‘I am not really interested in anything that does not have something to do with swimming in one way or the other.’ It helps to be passionate about what you do for a living and Robert has this in abundance.
Guildford, get ready for one tall, bald Glaswegian with too much passion for swimming for just one person!
Winter Swim Sessions
We will be at Bardowie Loch at 10am this Sunday.
Weekly Total Immersion Swim Sessions
Monday's sessions are proving to be very popular, so come along and join us.
Please note that the College is closed for the Easter break and the next session will be 24th April.
The coaching session will be taken by Robert Hamilton and will be a great opportunity to improve your technique and fitness to give you a head start for the 2017 Open Water Season.
Robert will bring his experience as a Total Immersion Coach plus his coaching experience which has included coaching swimmers to Olympic Trial level to provide interesting and challenging swim sessions. For more information click here.
Total Immersion Workshop
If you can swim continuously for 50 metres or more and would like to work on increased efficiency and speed then our One Day Fishlike Freestyle Workshops will set you on the path to achieving these goals. They are held in various locations throughout the UK and are the first choice not only for experienced triathletes and open water swimmers but also for those who are preparing for their first experience of the sport or who want to swim for fitness and fun.
Our workshops have been a fantastic success, our next workshop will be the 13th May 2017.