I did it! the beginning of the week was not looking too promising starting with a pretty tweaky shoulder, followed by an injury to my erm…lower back while attempting a bat hang at the climbing wall followed by pulling my calf muscle while attempting to dance at a Ceilidh the night before! The excitement of all the wind and kite surfers was not particularly encouraging either as the weather turned increasingly wild.
You have a lot of time to reflect and think on a long swim as you peer into the murky depths at the shadows deep below. On a 3km swim in 30mph winds off Ringstead Bay I did ask myself more than once, “what the hell am I doing?” But then on Sunday the 2nd of October I was given the gift of a beautiful sunny day. All thoughs of careful timing with the currents and tides on a neap tide went out the window. After 7 or 8km of swimming againt the current, the tide turned slack and the water settled down but the sun was setting and I was pretty finished. I felt like an incredibly small little black blob in the massive ocean with the towering cliffs of the rocky shore.
All credit goes to Dean in my support boat for keeping me going, I could not have done it without you. Thank you for giving up your time to help me train and putting up with me. Thanks to anybody else who gave me invaluable advice, offered any support at all and kept me motivated and laughing especially Tom and Brad. Special thank you to lovely Kate for keeping me inspired. Goodluck with your triathlon next week, you’re going to be awesome. Finally thanks to Tim for giving me the crazy idea in the first place it was an amazing experience.
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