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No go this week

No go this week

as the second swimmer has yet to go (I was due to be 3rd) and it is forecast to be too windy for the rest of the week. Fortunately I have been given another slot between 15th and 21st September, so it is back to training for a few weeks and then the ‘will I won’t I’ can start again.
The First Swimmer has gone, one more then it’s me, but….

The First Swimmer has gone, one more then it’s me, but….

the weather is not looking so great for the end of the week. The general rule is that the wind speed needs to be below 8 knots (10 mph) and they seem to be hovering just above for the rest of the week. Disappointing and the will I, won’t I makes planning difficult, but the good news is that I have been giving another slot between September 15th and 21st if I don’t get off this week.
The swim will be between 17th and 24th August, weather permitting.

The swim will be between 17th and 24th August, weather permitting.

The first window has been and gone and I didn’t get to swim. Whilst it may have been sunny, the weather in the early part of the tidal window was quite breezy and they only managed to get 2 swimmers away (I was the 3rd to go). However, it may have been for the best as I picked up a shoulder injury after my last long (8 hour) swim 3 weeks ago and it is still sore when I swim, although improving. I now have 10 days before my window which will mainly be resting up, with a couple of shorter (2 hour) swims to keep me ticking over and I  will hopefully be ready when my turn comes. Tracking of the swim will be available on the day via the website. Also, the donation … Continued
Less than 3 weeks to go!

Less than 3 weeks to go!

A slight panic has now set in as I may be attempting the Channel earlier than anticipated having been given another weather window of 1st to 6th August in addition to my original window of 17th to 24th August.   My training has intensified over the last few months and am now on to weekly 6 hour swims (with a couple of longer 7 and 8 hour swims) in an effort to get ready for what could be a 18 hour swim on the day.   Since June most swims have been in the sea as the weather has been kind and the sea relatively warm, although fitting long swims in at Worthing has been a challenge because of the need to avoid starting or finishing at low tide and the prospect of a long … Continued
Channel Training Starts

Channel Training Starts

I had fancied having a go at the Channel for some time and it started to take shape towards the end of 2012. I completed a 6 mile swim (wearing a wetsuit) in a lake in Windsor in September and then went for an assessment as to whether I was up to the Channel challenge about a month later. Having been given the ok I dispensed with the wetsuit and started my cold water acclimatisation with regular sea swims. These continued throughout the winter, although as the temperature dropped so did my time in the water. The winter of 2012/13 was very cold and I was only managing 10 minutes by the time it was down to 5C and was just treading water rather than trying to swim properly. Then as the sea gradually warmed … Continued

This is to keep my dear Aunt Doris happy as she complained that I hadn’t been keeping the website up to date! It’s been a funny year so far, I have managed some really strong training and have only had a few injuries, but unfortunately they have all come in the run up to races. I did the Brighton Half Marathon in February and was doing really well with the training until we had the snow and rather than risk the roads I went to the gym, only to strain my knee going a bit too mad on an exercise bike. That was 3 weeks before the race and affected my build up to the race, although in the end on the day I had a good run and was pleased with a PB of … Continued

After the race It is now a few months after the race and a number of people have asked whether I have kept the training going. The answer is yes, but not at the same intensity as in the run up to the ironman and I have geared the training to the requirements of a number of events that I have tried since the ironman triathlon.   After the race, the recovery went much better than I anticipated and following a full weeks rest I resumed light training and then concentrated on shorter faster sessions in the build up to the Worthing Triathlon in August (approx a quarter of the ironman distance) and was really pleased with a PB, just over 2 hours 30 minutes. It was then on to 6 mile (10,000m) open water swim in a lake near Windsor … Continued
Ironman Race Report

Ironman Race Report

After all the training and preparation it was great to not only complete the course, but to experience such a fantastic day. My final time of 13 hours 52 minutes was slower than hoped and as suspected it was the run that caused the problems or more to the point gut problems, which unfortunately meant I had to walk part of the second half of the run course.   I had travelled up to Nottingham with the family on the Saturday and there was a great buzz at the race venue with the build up including a race briefing and sorting the bike and kit ready for the next morning. Once registered competitors wore very distinctive orange wristbands that had to stay on until after the race and competitors seemed to be everywhere at the … Continued