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Paolo’s Marathon Swim x30 Day Problem

Swim Easy Dubai coach, Paolo Mangilinan is presently on day 14 of his 30 day marathon swim problem. He is swimming a whopping 10km swim daily for 30 days working! The magnitude of this problem is unbelievable and we have now been diligently checking in on his every day progress.

Within the midst of his busy schedule of teaching, dad duties and 10km swims daily, we managed to have a fast meet up with him to listen to how he has been getting on. Paolo shares his inspiration for the swim and his coaching and vitamin schedule for his swim beneath – it is an ideal learn.

Man or machine? Meet Swim Easy Dubai Coach, Paolo Mangilinan

What’s the 30 day problem? 

Paolo: It has been occurring for 4 years in Dubai and was began by the Crown Prince of Dubai. The goal is to finish 30 minutes of train for 30 days. 2 years in the past, somebody did a marathon daily for 30 days and this actually impressed me to do one thing comparable. That is the primary yr I’ve completed it. As an alternative of doing a marathon, I made a decision to do a marathon swim daily. It has been in my head for the previous yr and this yr was the yr I made a decision to go forward with it. Particularly with all Ironman occasions being cancelled, this yr is ideal as a result of it permits me to give attention to swimming. I’m a triathlete actually, however I really like swimming and this has allowed me to give attention to simply that.

Have you ever observed a change in your health in the course of the problem? 

Paolo: I have not observed an ideal change in my swim health, on day 14 the space nonetheless would not really feel simpler, however my mindset has modified. Getting within the water on day 1, I felt apprehensive about whether or not I’d full the 10k distance, however now if you say a 10k swim, I can do it. I get within the water assured.

This has been helped by the unbelievable help from my squad swimmers. They’ve been instrumental in conserving me going for these previous few weeks. On daily basis, I’ve completely different squad swimmers providing to swim 2k, 5k and even 8k with me, their help has been fairly overwhelming. This swim seems like a crew effort relatively than a solo race, I discover this actually inspiring – that is what Swim Easy squads are all about!

How have you ever ready for the race? 

Paolo: This concept has been brewing for the previous yr and my preparation formally began in January 2020. Once I visited Perth for the Swim Easy Coaches Certification Course in February my CSS was 1:27min/100m. Clearly, it was nice to get the coach mentoring from Paul Newsome, however swimming with the Perth squad actually spurred me on with my coaching. The video evaluation periods from the course taught me loads about my swim stroke, Paul’s tips about my method had been invaluable and actually motivated me to coach and turn into extra environment friendly. 

Once I bought again to Dubai, my coaching was going very well, however then we had been put into lockdown and I used to be not capable of get to the pool. I did a whole lot of cardio and stretch twine work to work on my health, this undoubtedly saved me going and allowed me to return to the pool as ready as I may very well be.

Popping out of lockdown, I adopted the Swim Easy Guru 10km coaching plan, however added just a few extra lengthy distance coaching swims. I additionally requested my spouse to movie me swimming within the open water simply after lockdown, I appeared like I wasn’t shifting, my stroke fee was roughly 64 SPM. Enhancing my cadence grew to become one space that I wished to give attention to. The next months, a few times per week I labored on steadily rising my stroke fee by 2SPM utilizing the Tempo Coach Professional. I began with 4 x 400m swims at an elevated stroke fee and steadily elevated the stroke fee. I am now swimming at 74 SPM and I am not straining myself holding this stroke fee, my swim health has tailored to have the ability to cope with this. I really like the sensation of the upper stroke fee!

Within the 3-4 weeks earlier than the problem I used to be swimming round 40-50km each week and have gotten my CSS all the way down to 1:21min/100m. And I truly really feel nice, sure, I can really feel my arms now however I really feel able to get again within the water tomorrow.

How are you managing your vitamin and hydration? 

Paolo: I am finishing the swims early within the morning at 6:30am to try to beat the warmth in Dubai. Even at the moment the water temperature is 28 levels celsius. My swim time is about 2:45 – 3hrs so I end about 11am. I usually have a few bananas earlier than the swim and water as and once I want it. I’ve a kayak with me so I’ve gels and protein bars on there, however not an excessive amount of. We want the house on the kayak to hold vaseline! I do not actually measure all the things precisely, however cease each 3km to tackle water and a little bit of meals earlier than I begin to really feel hungry. 

Through the swims I’m burning 1800 energy so after that I be certain that I load loads within the afternoons and evenings. I do not wish to swim with a heavy tummy, particularly with the salt water.

What has been essentially the most troublesome factor in regards to the problem? 

Paolo: The sleep! I’m nonetheless teaching and I’ve a 5 month outdated child to take care of so balancing my day is a problem. I attempt to get 8hrs – 11hrs of sleep an evening. If I get that, I’m positive that I’ll have an excellent swim.

Getting my vitamin and sleep proper is essential to make it possible for I do not get injured or ailing – that is my greatest precedence.

What are your 3 high ideas for somebody interested by this problem? 

– Be ready to organize – give your self sufficient time to organize sufficiently for the problem.

– Know your physique – know your weight loss plan, know your physique’s capabilities, be sure to get sufficient sleep.

– Be sure you get the mileage in!

Thanks Paolo and luxuriate in the remainder of your problem – we’ll be watching from around the globe.

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