So last week on one of my OW swims with teammates I was told by three of them that they had plans to swim in Sweden’s largest OW race, Vansbrosimningen. A 3km race that I had swum 7 times in the past, with 2013 being the last time I was up there.
I haven’t written as much about the Open this year as I did last year, but here comes a summary for those of you interested.
My goal was to be last years final placement. I was very close to being better in all three categories:
Masters Men 40-44 World Wide (total 20898) I was 8735 – 41.8%
Masters Men 40-44 Europe (2558) I was 1049 – 41%
Masters Men 40-44 Sweden (240) I was 120 – 50%
So I met with a neurologist last week. This follow up meeting was suppose to happen in October, but I was sent around different departements with in the hospital for various test and then everyone forgot about me…
When it comes to Masters swimming in Sweden, it’s not fair to only share results based on the number of times one makes the podium. My chances for getting a medal is 100% based on the number of swimmers that decide to show up.
Last year Crossfit Växjö won the Beach Event at Falkenberg when Fredrik crossed the finish line with the fastest time and I came in fourth. This year Fredrik was away and my participation in the event was doubtful considering what happened last Saturday.
But the weather forecast was sunny and warm, so the family woke up early and we headed to the west coast.
What a race, and a fantastic course, but on July 16th my body wasn’t 100% and I fell to the ground with less than 500 m left to the finish line…. But let’s start from the beginning.
So Saturday was the first of three big races in July. Around 1600 Friday I pack my car and head to Karlskrona with my Swimrun partner Fredrik and Peter. Its a short ride to Karlskrona. We arrive just before 1800, check into our room, and then make our way over to registration. We get our racing bibs with lucky nr 11 and then reset our timing chip before heading over to Nivå for a tasty burger.
As most of you know my training over the last 20 months has been sporadic. Swimming being the only anchor keeping my training a float.
Jan and Feb I managed to find a better routine and found myself on a road back to hard training with 9-10 hours/week. But then work and illness got in the way so I only managed 1-5 hours training March and April. In May things slowly turned for the better and I was able to get over 6 hours/week for 6 weeks.
This past week I manged to push myself back into training and had
550 min biking
60 min running
210 min swimming
So last weekend the 11th of June was the start of Swimrun season 2016 for Team TYR Warriors. Unfortunately, my teammate Fredrik was having some issues with his calf muscle as late as Monday the 6th, so we decided it was better he continue with rehab and save himself for our other two races coming up in July. Luckily through Facebook and my swimming friends I was able to find a replacement for Stockholm Swimrun. Marius contacted me and a day later it was decided. I was very clear that I was going to be slow, so it was going to be more of a workout for him than a race, and he was ok with that.
As most of my friends are aware, I have been on a downward spiral when it comes to my training and my body weight. This past weekend at the Swedish Nationals for Masters Swimming short course, I think I can say that I finally hit rock bottom… My times during the three day competition were around the same level I had back in 2006 when I just started back up in Masters.