All is still well with Team Vigour whose members are gearing up for a mayor chocolate feast over Easter. This year we are all in particular thankful that our chocolate intake over Easter will most definitely be offset by the volume of swim training we have put in up to now and are planning to do in the last week leading up to 2Swim4Life… well, we hope this will be the case.
Today I finally get to introduce you to one of the girls of Team Vigour, Pamela Flett. Our friendship is one of those typical fabulous swim-related friendships that developed out of a couple of chance encounters at swim events, with the second one (the SwimTrek Hellespont trip) long enough to allow us to get to know each other a bit better and find out that we have more in common than an open water swim speed, age and love for swimming. The result was that Pamela was the logical person I thought about when we had less than 24 hours to find a willing swimmer to be added as fourth team member to enable us to complete our entry for 2Swim4Life. She was a tad sceptical initially since the talk of the day at the time revolved around ice miles and there was no way that she was signing up for a swim in water below 14ºC after she endured a winter swim season up north in Aberdeen a couple of years ago. I may have told her that the Guildford lido will be heated and that she could expect temperatures around 24ºC … after reading a blog of a solo swimmer from a couple of events ago it seems like the temperatures will be closer to 17/18ºC. But at least that is still well above Pamela’s requirement that water temperatures must be a minimum of 14ºC.
Pamela is an experienced open water swimmer who train regularly with Silver City Masters in Aberdeen in the pool all year round, and in the summer you can look for her and her swim buddies in Knockburn Loch (near Banchory). In the past year alone she has swam the inaugural River Spey 10km, the Thames Bridge to Bridge 14km, and was part of the Bosom Buddies relay team that swam the 19km Rottnest Port to Pub swim that I told you about in the previous blog. A long holiday in Australia in March meant that she managed to fit in plenty of daily swims at Coogee Beach, just south of Freemantle, so she is fit and ready for 2Swim4Life! Her expectations of this event?: ‘A lot of tired wet cold people buzzing with adrenalin’ and she is looking ‘forward to the collective euphoria of the last hour’. Like the other members of Team Vigour, Pamela thinks that raising money for Place2Be is very important since ‘recognising and supporting mental health issues at a young age will give people more of a chance throughout the rest of their lives, and puts them on a pathway where they do not feel isolated in their journey through life’.
Like the rest of the team, Pamela is very passionate about swimming and views it as ‘the mindful moment in a busy world. Its gives me peace and quiet for thinking time without the distraction of phones/screens etc.’ Why should anyone bother supporting and partaking in amateur sporting events like 2Swim4Life? In Pamela’s view ‘everyone at the event is just happy to see people try instead of sitting at home on a sofa!’
And like Robert and Paul, Pamela is 100% Scottish, filled to the brim with energy and life, requires some sun tan lotion, and will no doubt NOT sleep for even a minute during the 24 hours of the event. Guildford, get ready for a very loud, very energetic, super friendly and overly enthusiastic Team Vigour from Scotland!
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.