Just 94 days to go before my Channel swim so time for the first swim of the season from Fisherman's Walk Zig Zag to Boscombe Pier and back, around 3.8km. This is always a tricky early season swim to do as the water is still really cold; certainly not in double figures yet. You always want to to turn around about two groynes short of the pier but there is also something that urges you on, towards what is an incredibly ugly and ominous looking structure. It just has to be touched. And once there it has to be swum under, even though it's obviously the hiding place of sea monsters.
The alarm went off. It was 5:30am. It was a Saturday. Most people’s alarms don’t do that. Most people don’t set their alarms at all at the weekend. Anyone with half an ounce of sense is doing their best to stay asleep before they have to confront the day ahead, hopefully with a well deserved hangover.
I aimed to do my longest training swim around five weeks before my Channel window opened. Not all prospective Channel swimmers do an 8 or 10-hour swim but if you can pull one off it’s a great confidence booster.
What a great weekend we’ve just had! Two weeks ago it was winter and now it’s summer! Sea temperatures are rising and with the recent improvement in air temperatures it means that long distance training is now firmly under way with a 2 hour 9 mins swim last Saturday.
A fantastic swim by Ashley Christopher! England to France in 13 hours 40 minutes in difficult conditions. It was a real pleasure and a privilege to be part of the crew on Ashley’s solo English Channel Swim.
I’ve swum to Bat’s Head before but always from Durdle Door so it was nice to get a new angle on it. Only a month to go before my Channel window opens and I decided it was time for an 8-hour duration swim.