I will start with I am not sure where this post is going, I don't plan them, I write them with the thoughts that are running through my mind with no outline, so logical thinking is not always top of the agenda nor is an aim to not contradict myself. It's been a tough week, … Continue reading Swimming, personal questions and loss..
So firstly apologies, I go months without posting and then you get two in the space of days. I think it's logical, due to the fact that the swim is getting closer so I spend more time worrying and over thinking which in turn leads to this, but I digress and want to talk about … Continue reading Guilt or why it’s never enough
Swimming like life is often complicated, I guess I could throw all sports in to that category if I was to look at all the variables but screw it, I stop swimming in middle of some water and I die. In that vein I have often debated why I did not pick a different sport … Continue reading Rambling and pain
It's been an interesting start to the year, I am at my lowest mileage in many years though for perspective I have swam over 50 miles this year so far and I did my first 20km swim week for the first time in a while this past week. But now is also my busy time … Continue reading Born of Frustration
Between Jan 2017 and Aug 2018, I had swam over 1000 miles. At some point approaching Aug, I just felt tired, while I still wanted to get in open water, the idea of a pool, where I admit I do most of the heavy mileage just wasn't appealing. I found myself making excuses, it's time … Continue reading The Lurgy, the fear, the whatever
It’s easy to miss the things we are thankful for, as they often just become part of our everyday and we miss the special element of them. It is also much easier to focus on the things I am not happy about e.g. I only completed two swim events this year, I am not happy … Continue reading Before I forget…Thankful
So yesterday was a roller coaster of a day. I got up at my usual 5.40am, as I was feeding the dogs at 5.50am, I started checking my mails both work and personal. The joys of the international controller is that I get mails all 24 hours of the day, as I get to my … Continue reading Hope to despair and back again- a marathon swimmers tale
I regularly get comments particularly from work colleagues who refer to my swim activities as extreme, I laugh this off generally, as I don't consider what I do to be extreme. However, with the deaths today of 2 people in Lake Michigan, I am sure I shall hear some new comments and if I am … Continue reading Risk & Reminders
I managed to keep up regular lake swimming through the month of October. The temperature though kept dropping no matter how much I peed in the lake. I have only managed once before to get in Lake Michigan in nov and that was more of a shock therapy session the day after the 2016 election. … Continue reading Winter is coming and first plans for 2019
Freedom ! Endorphins! In recent years I have managed to swim in Lake Michigan through end of Oct without a wetsuit (though in 1 situation I.e. day after the 2016 election I got in Lake Michigan in Nov for some shock therapy) . Anyway, I know how the work questions will go on Monday. Did … Continue reading Swam! Lake Michigan? October! Why?