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Joined: 08 Sep 2005
Location: North London
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Occupation: Financial Risk Analyst
Interests: Competitive (Masters) swimming, triathlon, running, surfing, snowboarding, alternative music

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Quick Update - Results from Worlds, Oz
Fri May 09, 2008 5:52 pm CJBrown
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Had a good time at the FINA World Masters in Perth, Oz. I only got back into the pool in Mid-Jan, but in the 400 & 800 I clocked the second fastest times I've done since coming out of retirement, only bettered 2 years ago when I was unemployed, getting lots of training and rest and coming off of 8 months of training. Was rather rusty in the 3K O/W, but managed to get my drafting sorted out nicely and finished in under 45 mins, my fastest avg. speed O/W swim to date. Would have had another 20 sec off that if my sighting had been better in the last 500m.

200 FC: 2:22.4 - slowish time, but wasn't focused on this - 26th
400 FC: 5:00.6 - good time, second time I've missed 5 min by < 1 sec - 20th
800 FC: 10:37.7 - good time but felt terrible during it - 22nd
3K OW: 44:35 - very happy with that, no O/W prep at all - 23rd

All-in-all, great results and I'm looking forwards to the GB Nats in June. Training solo is working, at least for now.

Kicking off the running training this weekend, as have a 10K quite soon, and have been missing it. Quite a few good runners at work too, so hopefully do more events this summer. Going to ease into weights work too, as I need to bulk up a fair bit.
Training blog ... not updated very often these days Sad
Crawling back to training ...

Fri May 09, 2008 6:18 pm savaloy
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Sounds like a good trip - what events are you planning on doing at Manchester?
Swim smart, Bike strong, Run tough

2008 planned meets and events
Here we go again - time to get qualifying times for the big event, the FINA World Masters Swim Champs in Perth, Oz. Meet is in April, with qualifying times to be done by 23 March. I've several meets lined up, and I'm entering 200m, 400m and 800m if I make the grade, along with the 3K OW swim. Fewer events than last time, but the 100m and 50m aren't going to do anything for me - I don't place well in the UK in those, let alone against giant Aussies and Kiwis. Hoping for at least one Top 20 finish in the event tho', despite broken training.

After April, aim is to ramp up running and cycling for a crack at some Oly distance events later in the year.

Rotherham Open, Sheffiled Pond's Forge (50m)
Feb 10th
100m, 200m, 400m FC

Silver in the 400, qualifying times in all 3 (100, 200 and 400). The 400 was the best swim, 5:16, lot slower than 2 yrs ago but good first race back

Isle of Wight (25m pool)
Feb 23-24th
prob 1500m, 800m, 400m

Had to scratch, as g/f was moving into the flat she just bought

Welsh Open, Swansea (50m)
early March
prob 1500m, 800m, 400m plus several others (3 day meet)

Pretty good meet, took 2 golds, 3 silvers and a bronze. Best swim was the 800m, less than 10 sec behind my best time of 2 yrs ago in full time training, but only got bronze. Huge motivator for sticking with the distance training

World Masters Championships
Perth, Aus
18-26 April
200, 400, 800m FC; 3K O/W.

4 PBs from 4 swims; the 400m and 800m were both second best times since coming out of retirement, the 3K was the fastest O/W swim (on avg 100m pace) I've done ever. Placings: 200=26th; 400=20th; 800=23rd; 3K=23rd. Very happy with results

Next up:

GB Swim Nationals: June

Regents Park 10K series: July onwards.
My Events and Results in 2006
I thought I'd really go for it in Tri this year, but I've now had second thoughts, and I'm going to be concentrating on the swimming - and why not, as I'm unlikely to get any podium finishes in AG Tri this year, but I might in swimming.

28th-29th, London Region Masters:
50, 100, 200, 400m FC
200 BR, 200 IM
aiming for World Champs qualifying times in all the FC events

Results: Got the qualifying times I needed on all the freestyle events. Just outside on the 200 BR and 200 IM. Should now be on for 50, 100, 200, 400, 800 FC in the Worlds, plus the 3K o/w.

12th, Wokingham Half-Marathon
after messing up Bedford, this will be my first 13 mile run

Results: Thank you South West trains. Another missed race. Great.

17th-18th, Isle of Wight Masters:
100, 200, 400, 800 FC

Results: Had to withdraw, as very, very sick with nasty cold/chest infection. Really gutted.

3rd-5th, Welsh Open Masters Champs:
100, 200, 400, 1500 FC
My next big pop at 1500m - hoping to make up for last time

Results: Well, I was still sick for the meet - was on anti-biotics - but I did extremely well all-in-all. 10 events, 10 medals, inc. two golds - one in the relay, and one individual - the 400 Ind Medly. I was beaten into silver 4 times, three times in big events of mine - 1500 FC, 800 FC and 200 IM - all of which I was beaten by international swimmers, being the top UK person (the problem with Open meets). Very pleased with results, all things considered.

Thinking about doing Windsor.
but only if I'm sure I can do it without messing myself up for the next weekend, which is ...

16th-18th, GB National Masters Champs:
tbd - but definitely the 1500 and 400 FC

Results: First National medal! 3rd in 800 Free, 4th in 1500 & 400 Free. 4 PBs out of 5 events; top meet and quality swims. Very encouraging.

25th, GB Masters Open Water 3K Champs:
Last minute entry to this one

Results: Fourther overall, third British swimmer and 2nd in the 35-39 age-group. 45:07 for the 3K, not a bad time for my first OW race.

No longer thinking about IMCH - maybe next year

3rd-11th, FINA World Masters Champs:
100, 200, 400, 800 FC; 3 Km O/W
No 1500 sadly - but (maybe) my first big O/W race

Ooops, forgot to update this! Placed 19th in the 3K event, and top 40 in the 800m. Not bad for my first World Champs Smile
Weekly Training Scedule, Q3 2005
am: Swimming, 6-7.30, TriLondon
afternoon: endurance spinning
eve: lectures

am: Swimming, 6-7.30 CSC Masters
eve: bike or run

day off

am: Swimming, 6-7.30 CSC Masters
afternoon: bike or run
eve: lectures

am: Swimming, 6-7.30 CSC Masters

am: TriLondon running drills
next month: bike run/track

am: TriLondon Bike run
afternoon: Swim, 12-1 CSC Masters
CJ's Events 2005
Worthing Aquathlon 2
16 Aug 05

Clash of the Tritons
20 Aug 05

South Coast Sprint
3 Sep 05

Regents Park 10K
2 Oct 05

Nike 10K
16 Oct 05

Regents Park 10K
6 Nov 05
45:17 oops - thats what happens when you run with a serious hangover

Barnet Masters 1500 Free
26 Nov 05

Nike 5K, Crystal Palace
27 Nov 05

Regents Park 10K
4 Dec 05

Bedford Half Marathon
11 Dec 05

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