It’s good to be back, back in Lancaster after 15 months of working in Scunthorpe, and it’s good to be back posting random stuff on my blog. First post back is a short one, bit I will try to post at least once a week (yeah right).
I’ve entered a triple ironman in June, so I needed to have a good long swim. The plan was for an 8km swim in the local Uni pool, but to take it 1k at a time, stopping for a drink after each 40 lengths. I also had an Etixx energy bar 30 minutes before I started and one of their frankly horrible tasting red berry caffeine gels ten minutes before getting in the pool. I had also asked my girlfriend to tie up my beard so that it wouldn’t get in the way.
As I climbed into the pool I tried not to visualize 320 lengths, as this would feel like an insurmountable challenge, instead, as I said earlier, only looking at the next 40 lengths. In the end I didn’t find it too hard and could easily have gone further than the 8150m that I completed. This was my longest ever pool swim, and although it wasn’t fast, 3 seconds under 3 hours, it was a very good confidence building swim. Hopefully I’ll complete a 10km pool swim sometime in May.