For those of you interested in triathlon specific swim training sessions I have been in touch with a the coach who now runs sessions at Park Road Lido in Crouch End N8.
These are lead by Mihai Paduraru, an experienced level 2 triathlon coach, who intends to run them all year round (the pool is heated to around 23C all year).
These sessions run weekly on Friday mornings, from 7am until 8am and have the exclusive use of a lane of the pool.
The cost is £10 per session, which you can pay directly to Mihai before or after the session, or if you prefer you can pay by bank transfer or direct debit by arrangemnet with him.
For entry to the pool at Park Road leisure Centre, tell reception that you are there for the triathlon swim sessions and they will let you through. (You do not need to pay for entry.)
The lido is heated all year round to 23C/24C, so you won't necessarily need a wetsuit during the warmer months. However, for some people (including myself) it can get a little cold when taking instruction between drills, and given the English summer it rarely gets too hot. (NB it's good to practice in a wetsuit regularly. Most races require you wear one and the buoyancy experience is very different to swimming without one. It's also good to practice getting it off in a hurry!)
You can contact Mihai for further information at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note these sessions are not suitable for complete beginners, and you must be at least 18 years old. You should be able to swim front crawl fairly competently, the session will be warm up, drills, and maybe a set of intervals. You can bring your own swim aids (fins, pads, and boards).
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