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“So what’s the problem with cold water?”

“So what’s the problem with ...

  ‘I am now entering the last stages of panic.. tee hee’. I need regular immersion in colder water and will be moving my efforts more towards Dover and Brighton for the remaining time before my crossing. The sea temperature in the Channel at present, if you click on the link on the right side of my blog, is 11.9C. I bet that you are not monitoring it as much as me! A famous ‘Channel guru’, Freda Steeter who holds swim clinics every weekend, is ‘asking’ swimmers to do two swims of 3 and 1.5-2 hours at present. This is for...
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O’Dark O’Clock Swim

O’Dark O’Clock Swim

So another weekend down. I had planned to do several events in the French open water calendar this weekend to get a total of 30km in within 3 days. However, the water at 14C, a ‘positively balmy and almost chaud’…. were cancelled. This left me with a gaping hole in the training program. To fill this I managed to persuade  my trusted ‘lifeguard’ to accompany me for a 4 hour stint in my lake, which was 14C.   I struggled up at 0400 to fuel myself, awoke Madeleine (Monkey No1) at 0500 and was in the water by 0600. Monkey No1 is a fabulous...