Saturday 19th May 2012
I’m starting to get into the routine of getting up on a Saturday morning and travelling to Dover for the weekend.
This weekend I was lucky to have two of my support crew with me. Joanne Postins and Kate Robarts will both be on the boat in July pandering to my every need. Joanne offered to drive this weekend and I was really glad to have a rest.
The harbour looked beautiful on arrival. Flat, calm and sunny. I was also quite excited because the sea temperature had started to go in the right direction and looking at the observations over the week it had been warming up quite nicely.
The first swim was 60 minutes for the majority of the solo swimmers, but some of the swimmers going earlier in the season were given 90 minutes or 2 hours.
Despite the temperatures increasing over the week, it was a real shock when I got in! Once swimming I managed a great 60 minute swim and really enjoyed myself. We were given 90 minutes to warm up and then a 75 minute swim. This second swim went really well for me and I was very pleased with my day’s work.
We went to Chaplin’s cafe in Dover town centre for lunch. I had a strawberry ice cream milkshake, then lasagne with garlic bread, followed by syrup sponge with lashings of custard. I could get used to this Channel training!
Sunday 20th May 2012
We walked down to the beach and the sky was grey and the sea looked really lumpy with quite a bit of swell. I didn’t fancy it. There was quite a wind blowing.
Today we had two 60 minute swims with 90 minutes in between the swims.
The first 60 minute swim was really exciting. I loved the waves and enjoyed bodysurfing the swell. The only downside was that it felt like it took me 30 minutes to swim back past the Premier Inn as I was swimming against the tide and not really making much progress.
After 50 minutes in the water I had a bit of a panic. I felt something tugging at my right foot, and I was convinced that a lamprey had attached itself to my foot. I grabbed the lamprey with my hand and yanked it off with as much force as possible, and threw it away really hard. I then realised that the “lamprey” was actually a plaster which had worked loose. I had put it on my foot the previous evening as I had a small cut on my foot. D’oh! I guess that limbs and other items feel very different and rubbery when your extremities are numb.
Apart from the incident with the sea lamprey the swim was great, but getting out and dressed was miserable because of the wind which made me feel cold when I got out. No shakes again though!
I didn’t fancy the second swim, but Kevin Murphy told me it was good for the mind to get back in and swim when you didn’t want to, plus it would help me when I am feeling cold and miserable somewhere in the English Channel in July. So I got back in, and of course, it wasn’t too bad at all. I swam with three men who were a little bit quicker than me, so I spent 60 minutes chasing them. A great swim!
Sandettie was reading 11.0C on both days.
Training Weekend 3 Summary:
- Water Temp: 11C
- Four swims: 60 minutes, 75 minutes, 60 minutes, 60 minutes and no lampreys