So when Charlie text me asking whether I wanted to go diving tomorrow my first thought was “hold on I have plans tomorrow, I am sure I have plans!” I did, dinner with Charlie! You have to love that my friends have very interesting views on what “catching up” means ;D!
We had been invited by Spogo, a company created to help people find sports and fitness activities in their local area, to take part in a beginner diving lesson with the Tom Daley Diving Academy. It’s also worth mentioning that Spogo offer a buddy programme to help connect people with others who are also looking to get involved in various sports, that’s if you don’t have crazy friends like mine who will try anything!
So arriving at the London Aquatics Centre I have to be honest I was a little nervous…
However, luckily our coach Jodie took us straight to the gym for our “dry practice”. Jodie explained that divers spend more time in the gym than in the pool, working on form and technique. The gym contained lots of exciting looking equipment including two diving boards, a GIANT pit of foam, a sprung floor, trampolines and a harness to practice flips! We started with just jumping straight into the foam.
It’s worth mentioning here that the pit is extremely difficult to get out of and oh, if know you are going into the dry gym first take bottoms to wear over your swimming costume … it will save a bit of dignity ;D! Enough said!
Following this we started working on various jumps and the technique needed to perform them properly. For instance when performing a straight jump your hands should be together, arms above your head pressing on your ears and you should look forward jumping UP not out! Something that takes a little getting used to if you are like me and you are afraid that when you jump you are going to hit the board!!!
After this it was to the trampolines where the professionals practice flips, somersaults and well other professional things … us we just got used to bouncing and holding our core!
After this, which I should say is pretty tiring after a while, we headed to the pool ready to show off our not planned, but planned really, swim suits ;D!
Luckily we started entering the water at the pool’s edge, offering the opportunity to practice holding our form whilst entering the water.
After a number of straight jumps, tuck jumps and full dives it was time to go up to the boards, something I was still very nervous about! Throughout Jodie was extremely encouraging offering little pointers to help make the dives feel more comfortable, particularly as holding your body straight when entering the water is a lot easier said than done!
So first to the 1m …
And you know it wasn’t too bad at all, both of us came away smiling. But the 3m …
Well I feel this photo says it all! When you compare the 3m board the others it doesn’t look too high but I promise you when you get up there it’s HIGH! Or at least to a non diver it’s HIGH! However …
Owned! Charlie just went straight for it so I had to! I think I have a little work to do on my form. I thought my legs were relatively strong with all the running but it’s amazing how the slightest movement can effect how you land in the water. I found that my legs would come forward ever so slightly so I never entered the water in a straight line!
We did have a look at the 10m board but there was no way any of us where going to attempt jumping off … even looking over the edge was terrifying! It definitely gave me a new found respect for divers, “nerves of steel” come to mind! But the views are pretty awesome!
We finished our lesson with a couple of simple jumps together, a must since we had our Sweaty Betty diving team swimming costumes on ;D!
Overall the lesson was brilliant, considering I was extremely nervous entering the centre Jodie made me feel at ease and continually offered help, advice and plenty of encouragement! I would love the opportunity to do this again as I definitely feel I have a lot to learn plus the setting is pretty awesome! The Tom Daley Diving Academy offers weekly classes for a range of different abilities as well as full courses and it is definitely something I would recommend!
Thanks Spogo and thanks Tom, obviously the message at the top of the post was meant for us … right?
So it’s been another week of training with a few random elements thrown in for good measure of course ;D!
Had the pleasure of working from home so kicked the day off with 3 rounds of full body circuits, did some work, went for a steady 30 minute run in the sunshine, came back and did more work, went to a casting and then came home to build my new bed with an extremely handy friend. You know, just another normal day ;D!
20 minutes on the x trainer and 15 minutes on the bike. Both at a steady pace ready for tomorrow! (No RunDem run as had an event in the evening)
My first real attempt of channeling Bolt in a run. I think he still might beat me. So Wednesday was all about 10 x 1 minute repeats, but not only did they need to be at full effort they also needed to be consistent. So using a quiet path which I found whilst doing my warm up I used a tree as my starting point and ran at full effort for a minute which roughly took me to a bin at the end of the path. With 1 minute recovery in between I then ran back at full pace in attempt to get back to my starting point! By the end of it I definitely felt like the bin and the tree had grown legs and were moving about to tease me … either that or I was just getting tired ;D!
In the evening, well it was just another normal evening catching up with Charlie … a normal evening where you get a personal diving lesson with the Tom Daley Diving Academy! Spogo kindly invited us down to the London Aquatics Centre and well we couldn’t say no! More details will be up on the blog in a couple of days but for now here’s a couple of pictures ;D!
Three rounds of full body circuits and a gorgeous 30 minute RUNcommute to work! I forgot how convenient it can be to run to work, easily the most efficient way to get to the office!
Oh hello rest day! I generally find rest days quite tricky as I am not very good at sitting still but this rest day was seriously appreciated … my legs are definitely feeling the speed work so instead I had an early night and cooked some of my favourite things 🙂
Disgusting 1km repeats. And when I say disgusting I mean disgusting! Who knew that Highbury Fields had a few sneaky inclines! And where on earth did that wind come from?! So once again speed and consistency were key for this so after an extremely slow, almost horizontal, run to Highbury Fields (about 1.4 miles) I set off on my first of six 1km laps around Highbury Fields. My first three laps were relatively similar, my fourth was WAYYYY OUT and then I brought the fifth and sixth back to a similar time to my third lap. This was hard, really hard, particularly as my double helping of granola before this apparently wasn’t the best fuelling! Lots of lessons learnt on this run, no granola before speed work and definitely need to slow it down on my first lap to keep the consistency up!
So after missing out on Stephanie Muzzal’s infamous homemade cinnamon buns on Saturday due to over fuelling and late running I knew I would somehow have to get across London to get my hands on one! I had a 45 minute run on the plan and it had to be super slow (holding back on my “super slow” runs is something that I am struggling with at the moment but I know they will help when it comes to speed work so I am just gritting my teeth and getting on with it) so figured why not jog on down to Waterloo Station and jump on a train to meet her after her incredible 20 mile run?! So that is exactly what I did! Apart from having to remind myself to go slow this run was lovely, I knew the route so could hide my phone away and instead I just enjoyed the sights and sounds whilst running down through central London. It has to be said that the amount of “walk of shames” I past was INCREDIBLE and extremely entertaining! Once I got to Putney the moment came … those cinnamon buns are like no other! Yes Steph it was hugely impressive that you ran 20 miles today but personally nothing tops how incredible your baking is. Cinnamon buns like no other!!!