The aim of this blog is to map my progress towards one day successfully swimming across the English Channel.
Thursday, 17 June 2010
Iniscara and Lough Ine
Tuesday morning saw me back in Sandy Cove for the early morning 2 hour ritual around the island, and then on to a beautiful manmade reservoir on the River Lee in the evening. It was agreed that an up and down route would be taken as far as a bouy near the pumping station, (any further we might get sucked into the hydo-electric station! In the 2 hours I managed nearly 2 laps, cutting the second lap a little short to stay with the faster swimmers.
Wednesday morning I woke with a sore throat and feeling quite rough, so I gave the early swim a miss, but the evening swim at Lough Ine was amazing. Set admist hills and forests the lough is a large sea water lake fed though a set of rapids that flow in and out of the lake dependent upon the tide. Having swam around the lake to the rapids we had to get out and walk past the rapids as the tide was coming in. We then swam out into the atlantic around an island and back, then we braved the rapids which was a real adventure. Re-entering the lough you couldn't help notice at how much warmer it was compared to the open sea, making it a joy to swim back as a group to the finish. A truely great swim.
On thursday morning I felt even worse, but decided to do the early morning swim, but I only managed just over an hour before coming out and living for another day. Having rested for the day I hope to be back in the water for a full session tomorrow and fully fit for the "Big Weekend".
I’m a late comer to the world of sport taking up swimming at the tender age of 34 (though I have always been able to swim, just not competitively). My first open water race was in 1995, this was the Inter-services Lake Bala swim in North Wales. I entered the breast-stroke event, and promptly won it!! From there I went on to do various races culminating in the World Masters in 1996, a 5km race which I finished 19th in my age group, breast-stroking against free-stylers. In 1997 I was part of an RAF relay team that successfully crossed the English Channel. I then drifted into triathlon, representing Great Britain as an age group triathlete in both European and World Championships, as well as becoming a level 3 coach, It was at this point I taught myself to freestyle.
I have worked part time as a guide for a company called SwimTrek for the past 5 years. SwimTrek specialise in swimming adventure holidays all around the world, and have encouraged me to fulfil my ambition of one day swimming the English Channel as a solo swimmer.