Every so often we hear about something that lights a fire inside of us. It can be a race or an event or even a training session that sounds exciting or challenging. For me one such session is the 100×100’s swim set. Ever since I heard of it I’ve had this strange sort of fascination with it. My longest ever swim at the time of writing is somewhere around 6.5km. The 100×100 is 10k (obviously) so that puts it up there for me as a long, long way to go. For real swimmers maybe a 10k swim isn’t that crazy but for any sort of triathlete it is an extraordinarily long time to be in the water. I’ve just passed up on the opportunity to be paced through it by a real swimmer. I think I mentioned it to a mate of mine, Patrick or maybe he read about it on my blog and he then messaged me to offer his help getting me through it. There was several convenient excuses not to try this time. I was too close to Ironman Mallorca, work was too busy, I had a sore throat but at the back of it all was the fear of the swim itself or maybe more honestly the fear of failure.

Anyway I’ve said to Patrick that I would do the 100×100’s after Mallorca so here I am putting it out in public (for all 4 people who read the blog, hey Mam, hey Ais and if you’re reading Patrick I’ll see you at the end of October) I should really learn to keep my mouth shut and keep the crazy ideas to myself.

So onto the session. I first read about pro triathlete Hillary Biscay. She did it on her birthday as a present from her coach Brett Sutton

“The mindset required for the birthday swim is perfect preparation for the mental challenge of an iron-distance race. Unlike other swim workouts in which we often find ourselves counting down the remaining yardage, this workout requires a ‘swim all day’ mindset. It’s a workout to really embrace the process, being in the pool and being in the moment. Kind of like in an Ironman, it’s best not to think about the finish line till you get there!” Says Biscay

It’s very like to how Ais approaches an ultra marathon, thinking about it similarly to how she would a day in work. “I just start it with the idea that this is what I’m going to be doing for the next 8-10 hours, exactly the same way I think about a day in work so it’s not so scary then”

I’m not completely convinced it’ll be that easy but I’ll post a blog when I get it done. You can read more about the 100×100’s session in this post here at triathlon.com

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