Pretty frosty when I got up awoken by my snowman alarm clock reminding me that the reindeer were needing fed (well the car needed some leaded petrol). Pulled along at a fair pace we slid unnoticed into the car park awaiting arrival of the elves to commence the Xmas gala.
It is amazing what a carrot and stick approach will do as the elves representing the team were informed by another coach from Lapland that if they had a personal best for any swims then they were to grab something from Santa’s hat stuck on the wall.I don’t think Tom the coach from fauldhouse who kindly stocked the hat with sweets bargained for the number of our team who managed personal bests. A constant pathway through the snow towards this magic hat was the order of the day for most of the gala.
The referee in Lapland for the day was kitted out in a variety of costumes ranging from the Loch Ness monster to a woman cabaret artist. John Sluman is now appearing in an updated version of Aladdin at the Lyceum theatre in Glasgow. Tickets for the panto are £10 pounds for adults and £3 for children all money raised from ticket sales goes to buying more ludicrous outfits for John to wear and to help in his rehabilitation therapy lessons lol.
Susan distributed the Xmas crackers (legally acquired she informed me) at the coaches Xmas lunch held in Santa’s grotto whilst in my case having eaten too much turkey managed to cluck my way down to poolside hoping to have a small nap.
The morning session consisted of 8 of Santa’s little helpers swimming however it would not be fair of me to single out all the baubles on the Xmas tree. I say this because the number of great swims would mean me having to convert this report from paperback to hardback. It was also a battle to see the results which were posted on three billboards just outside Epping (ie the changing rooms). I do however think it is worth pointing out that Jessica who has not long joined scorpions continued throughout the morning to smash all her times out of sight. The after Xmas pudding entertainment was provided in the form of relays x 2 and as usual we produced some great swims. It was at this stage that I declined the Cadbury’s after eight mints on the grounds that to have packed more into my belly there was a slight chance of self combustion. I would also like to dispel the rumour that if you eat loads of Brussels sprouts passing wind during an IM swim will not help you go faster.
The afternoon saw more tremendous swims culminating in Thomas and Elliot on 100 free who were to quote a famous Xmas advert “flying through the air looking for a place to land” 1 14 for Thomas 1 13 for Elliot. Jasper without any false starts this time pulled off an incredible 1 19 for his 100 free so we’ll done Jasper
Can I just say that it is very very difficult to produce personal bests all the time it’s a wee bit like you asking for something special and maybe having to wait and save up. Having said that whilst nothing is guaranteed I for one can honestly say that anyone who did not record a personal best will do so as long as they keep up the hard training and listening to what is taught.
If there were any club records broken at this gala then they will be updated on the advent callander website soon.
Elves at the gala
Proud of all who took part at this gala and please remember there are a number of factors that need to all come together before you might smash your times. I for one know that we are heading in the right direction ie to the. North Pole lol
I am away to have a rest eating some more turkey and falling asleep to the renditions of the great escape on the tv for the 45 th time lol.
Keep up the good work and when the Xmas break comes keep the fitness levels up.
(Winter is coming game of thrones)