Tuesday, 16 July 2013
Training has been pretty boring but i feel ready and the recent heatwave has made me desperate to get in the water!
We have shifted our last couple of weeks of training to the pool on account of getting really bad swimmers itch which has been keeping me awake at night... theres no point in training for months for something only to rock up half asleep because you have been scratching all night.. so we have been avoiding all our local lakes!
Recently the open water swimming community has lost 2 inspirational and lovely souls; Jonathan Joyce and more recently Susan Taylor who sadly passed away on sunday nearing the end of her channel swim. I will be swimming Lake Windermere in memory of both these swimmers, writing their names on each arm so they are with me every stroke.
Our pilot Colin Hill unfortunately can't make it on saturday so we will have The 2 Daves onboard the boat and Claire in a Kayak keeping an eye on Justine.
Don't forget its not too late to sponsor us... all money is going to the Teenage Cancer Trust
Thanks for all the support and messages.. and not least for all the money that has already come in!
Thursday, 30 May 2013
so we have had a think and weighed up all the pros and cons and decided that we really want to make the distance .. and don't want to risk getting pulled out with hyperthermia! We are both carrying less fat than we were for the channel and despite eating everything in site, this doesn't seem to be changing. We are also doing everything we can to get acclimatised, but at the moment even an hour is a real challenge. So we have decided not to rule out wearing our wetsuits on the day.
I know this is frowned upon by some members of the ow swimming community but this is something we do for fun and to try to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust ... so if we feel like rubbering up.. we're gonna blooming well do it!!!
7 weeks to go.. so a few decent weeks of solid training and then we can start to rest up:-)
its been a long slog so far and has proved to both of us that we don't enjoy training for this kind of event... we both find it really boring!!!! so the next challenge may well take the form of another kind of relay or something a bit less isolating!!
catch you later
Thursday, 9 May 2013
Saturday, 9 February 2013
There's a few things that have changed since our channel crossing. Firstly I'm older which to be honest is proving an inconvenience as my body doesn't seem to recover quite as easily as I need it to and secondly our job changes have restricted the length of our OCD morning training sessions. But fear not, as usual Kate has constructed an epic training plan which takes all of this into account! So from now until then it's "go hard or go home"....................
..............I might go home some days.................well I am 40!
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Sunday, 8 April 2012
So we set off this morning at 7.45am from Newbury, today we had 36 miles and 26 portages to complete. We had made a pact last night that if we improved our speed on the portages we could be home and in the bath half an hour quicker - so we were on a mission!
We were delighted to see some friends of ours at the first support point. Paul and Harriet are amazing paddlers who have the DW record for a mixed K2 over the none stop 24hour race. They ran a tag team support with us along the tow path for 11 miles, keeping us going, and providing us with some great tips and hints along the way. They did a sterling job of feeding us malt loaf, bananas, and jelly babies, sometimes all at the same time!! As a consequence we managed to paddle further today in less time - hooray!!!
Today passed without incident with the exception of the attacking swan at Reading. We are channeling our positivity brilliantly and we have a plan to go even faster tomorrow! We are AMAZING!!!