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Training up to and during the Surreys

Advice from Di Hargrave, Head Coach:

"The first weekend are the distance events; if your best event is a distance swim and you are competing on Saturday 4th I would recommend missing Friday night (get an early one as sleep is very important to an athlete) and Saturday morning. The events start around lunchtime on Saturdays. (Check before you leave)

"I wouldn’t advise a late night on Saturday if your best event is on a Sunday!
There are two days of racing then a four-week break during which you will need to keep up your training. The training is geared up to this phase of competition.
Then we have a weekend of 200/100 events, again the same advice as before, but only miss the two training sessions if it is your best event on the Saturday.
Then we have the 50s on the 11th March, no need to miss any training for that as it’s on the Sunday.
Finally the weekend of 17th/18th March, on the Saturday it’s more 200/100 events and on Sunday it’s at CPNSC for the Relays.
When the ‘Surrey’s’ are over training will pick up again ready for a short cycle before the ‘Regionals’.

"I have also been asked about swim costumes; get the best you can afford, the most expensive is not necessarily the best. Don’t buy one for them to ‘grow into’ it needs to be tight!  My best swimmers tell me the knee suits make them feel faster!  Speedo is probably the most popular but again get what you can afford.

"One final piece of advice, eat as you do normally would before Training on the day of racing. A curry the night before may not be a good idea. Bring simple snacks with you, pasta, marmite or jam sandwich, jelly cubes; Cereal bars are easy to digest. Not fatty snacks like crisps!

"Email dihargarve@kingston-royals.co.uk if you want to ask me anything more about the competition."