We know it is frustrating and disappointing to have started 2021 without swimming pools, our sports effectively stopped for the foreseeable future. But we also know that this will end, and that all members can emerge renewed with the right support.
To keep you motivated and engaged Swim Ireland and the Masters Committee have been working on a club support menu. Check out the links below for more information.
Online Strength and Conditioning for Masters
Swim Ireland Masters have teamed up with Niamh Buffini of Buff Performance to offer a tailored 6-week Strength and Conditioning programme to Masters swimmers.
The aim of the programme is to increase cardio fitness, improve fundamental movement and mobility, with a focus on core strengthening.
The programme is subsidised by Swim Ireland Masters, costing just €30 for 12 live workouts, with 6 additional pre-recorded sessions.
The first in the workshop series covered Freestyle with Enniskillen Lakelanders, Head Coach Aaron Rickhuss, with over 50 Masters swimmers in attendance. The workshop series continues this month with Nutrition and Lifestyle on 27th January. For more details click here.
Virtual Swim League
In light of an additional lockdown period imposed, the Masters Committee have revised the Swim League as follows:
Swimmers will have an opportunity to submit their swims on a monthly basis, in any stroke.
Virtual Swim League has been extended until 31st August 2021.
Entries should be submitted by the 5th of each month, results and ranking will be published on the 10th.
Swimmers completing at least 1 event in a month will be in with a chance of winning a monthly spot prize, €50 Swimkit voucher.
To further encourage Masters swimmers to try out a variety of events and distances a Rewards Scheme has been introduced.
Swim Ireland Masters Committee are delighted to announce several initiatives to keep Masters swimmers active and motivated. Check out the relevant pages for more details. Starting in January 2021 we will be running the following:
The cancellations and postponements have been unfolding daily, as is to be expected. Rather than itemise all of these, you can take it that everything is off for the foreseeable future and I will post here as and when reschedules of interest are announced.
As every swimming complex in the country is now closed, please be vigilant in the exercise regimes you take up in their stead. As in be respectful and cautious with the sea and don’t go on excessive runs or cycles if you are feeling under the weather. Exercise can play havoc with your immune system at the best of times.
Its December 31st as I write. Some of you will be ageing up at midnight. Some of you will be in bed because you will be up at 5:30 for training. Some of you will be repenting the gastric onslaught that was Christmas and some of you will be pencilling in schedules for Q1 2020 (namely Sliabh Beagh, Sundays Well, Ennis and Limerick). Some of you will be proposing to your partners (that they join you in Budapest) and some of you will be preparing to lead a merry dance with your open sea handicap for the Liffey. Some of you will be putting together your results for the 2019 Decathlon and some of you will just be looking forward to your next swim.
Who ever and where ever you are, Happy New Year 2020 . . .