A safe place to be

A sports club with a regular training plan is a safe place to be for any young person. You sepnd your time between school, home and sport and it is just fine.

You won’t even have the time to get talking to strangers on all kinds of apps that try to approach younger people these days because you are too busy.

I noticed how beneficial swimming has been for Madison. Since the injury last year, the training routine has been interruped and the lifestyle has changed somewhat.

Though, with helping out at the club the connection to swimming has never stopped and that is a good thing.

The shoulder operation had a very beneficial effect. The shoulder is healed and Madison is back to training. I think it is important to continue training – as much as possible – during the GCSE period because the brain is used to the amount of extra bloodflow the training produces and that stimulates the brain to work better. A sudden stop can have a negative effect.

Whilst Madison’s training routine has changed, she still helps – 3 times a week – as coach for younger swimmers and because that operation worked out so well, will soon be back to swimming training as well.

Last weeks speed trial showed the slow down in speed. After 1 1/2 years of the injury break, Madison’s time for 200 IM in a short course pool was 3:04. But at least she is now able again to swim 200 IM.

The frame of mind of a young swimmer adjusts easily to training requirements and school routine. It seems not difficult at all. But once out of this, things change. We now have to get back into it and not get lazy.

Now, we are just waiting to get those screws removed, which will happen in April. After that, the pools of London are our Oyster.


Game’s up

Brilliant news at the hospital today in that the Os Acromiale has healed and the screws can come back out.

There is a bit of a wait to actually get the operation, as there are many children who need surgery, we’ll wait ’til April, so we can fit the operation in between GCSE Mock and the actual GCSE exams in May/June.

The after-effect of the metal-revoval operation will be much less severe than putting them in. At least it’s the left shoulder and Madison is right-handed.

Whilst we try to overcome the effect of the school closing at the end of the year and look for Sixth Form places elsehwere, we find that the actual conclusion of the shoulder problem will take a lot of weight off our shoulders.

At least the backstroke will be possible again and Madison looks forward to getting into the pool more often from the summer, once the GCSE exams are done.

Grip the change

Having GCSE exams coming up and moving onto Sixth Form education involves a lot of changes. Obviously the changes to routines are most prevalent.

So far, we do not know which Sixth form will be the one Madison will be attending. That then involves location and travel routines.

Whilst we’ll see the hospital consultant next week to talk about the screws in the shoulder and having them removed, we need to keep an eye on the goal of returning to swimming.

Many of Madison’s friends dropped out of swimming prior to their GCSE’s but Madison only paused her swimming because of the injury. It is hard to get back into it because of the intense training needed.

We will see whether it is going to be possible to actually re-join performance swimming after such a long pause.

no such thing as confidence

It is a current trend to coax people into doing things by saying it raises their confidence. I was pretty pleased to hear Robert de Niro say on the red carpet of the Baftas that: “There is no such thing as confidence, you feel good and hope for the best”.

Quit agree. It seems the latest fashion that both the British Army and British Swimming officials now use that phrase of not having enough confidence when they try to fail someone. Well you can’t encourage somebody to swim faster by using the phrase, all you need is more confidence. It is a matter of stamina and technique.

Most officials are adults who have been through the mill of education and work and living as a whole.

Don’t we all know it as parents, we try to tell our kids that the latest trainers do not make them better at school and do not get them that job. But telling an over 60-year old swimming official that they do not have enough confidence, is really just outrages. I managed my own company for 10 years, chaired various committees and I am totally competent in whatever I do.

I have raised 5 children, have 9 grandkids, my bills are paid and I have never broken the law, just to be told by a British Swimming Official that I lack on confidence. And that woman wasn’t even half my age.

I am not to worried about, I don’t think I have anything to proof to British Swimming. There are plenty of other organisations who are very glad to get my help as volunteer.

Good luck to all swimmers.

Madison does still enjoy swimming and I do enjoy watching competitions and I bought a ticket for the British Champs in April. So lets all enjoy ourselves. I’ll support all my grandchildren if they want to swim as I still think that swimming is an excellent sport for any young person and helps young people.

Unfortunately swimming has become a bit of a sport for the priviledged at the later stages and I do hope that swimming will get a better boost through community provision to enable more underpriviledged swimmers into the sport.

swimming it’s not a definite solution

When you go doctors and look at the media, they definitely simplify things. The message coming across is that if you just do enough exercise, you get fit, healthy and well. You live longer and feel happy.

I tried it. It’s just not so easy. Whilst the doctors know that I had my gall bladder removed, they ignored complaints that some of my joints started to swell and a previous blood test did not result in any action.

Though the NHS website seems to give clear and definite advice, the doctors are not on the same page. They do not always treat the condition straightaway. Though it is quite clear, that once you get the condition, it will come back again and again.

I realised that the more exercise I do, the more this excaserbates my Gout. Gout is a result of the body producing too much uric acid, which is most likely also regulated by the gall bladder. I looked at some blogs and some people refer to having gotten Gout after their gall bladder had been removed.

It mainly affects older people but we will all get there.

I realised I have to know what my condition is even prior to entering the doctor’s surgery and ask for the treatment I need to get it. They are not likely to volunteer it.

I started taking tablets, which make me quite tired and so I am not very active at all at the moment.

All swimmers out there who can do all that training day after day, their bodies must be working very well indeed. You can’t do it if there is a problem. Perhaps that’s why there are so few top class swimmers as most of us have some ailment that prevents constant training.

I managed 30.000 steps per day and 1500m swimming before my health collapsed and I now need to take tablets. I never needed any medication throughout my entire life on a regular basis before.


Insuring success

Any performance competition swimmer in the UK has to have the level 1 insurance with Swim England and it is £34.10 for the year now. Madison will get back into the swimming but has to content with still not being able to train fully and the GCSE’s coming up.

I admire anybody who can continue competing during GCSE and A-level stages.

At best Madison now has a residential GCSE Revision weekend camp with her school in Kent to come up in Spring and, wait for it, it has a swimming option as well as plenty ot exercise activities, weaved in with revision sessions.

The school provides this weekend free of charge. Unfortunately the decision about the future of Madison’s school will be made tonight at a Council meeting and this year might be the last.

It’s another worry to content with because we now have to look for other Sixth Forms and cannot rely on the newly refurbished Sixth Form building of our own school because the Council has decided it is not popular enough to continue. It is the Mayor of Tower Hamlets who has the final say tonight.

I can’t understand how a school that provides free revision weekends in Kent cannot be popular.




I’ll be watching

I bought a ticket to watch some finals at the British Swimming Championships at the London Aquatic Centre in April.

Just won’t be able to officiate as I have some health treatments going on, which take some time. But I can make it to watch. Buy tickets here whilst they are available. Great value for money I think.

Can’t wait to take some pics for the blog.

Madison will be busy with GCSE and won’t be able to help or watch.