Catch up on how I’m getting on – by Jack Bridge

As you can imagine, I spend a lot of time in the pool. At the minute I swim around five times a week and they are sessions between 4000 metres and 5000 metres a session. That means that I’ve done about 15 miles over the last four weeks since the challenge began.

I head to the pool at 8am in the morning on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and at 3pm on Thursdays. I’m there for around 3 to 4 hours before I go about my day at university. I go through all the strokes – front crawl, breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly, although the focus varies depending on what races I have coming up. My favourite stroke is breaststroke because it’s the most technical, and when the stroke is done properly, it is stunning to watch.

It’s not only swimming though. I have to make sure that I stretch my muscles and so I warm up and cool down properly. I do strength training 4 times a week, and also do a yoga session, which helps with my flexibility.

I’m loving my Swim 22 cap and towel, and they’re getting regular use.

It’s perfectly normal to feel a bit tired after a session, and you’re training hard at the moment, so don’t be surprised if your arms and legs ache a bit. Mine do!

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