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Lesson learnt!

Lesson learnt!

Back in San Francisco and the training has commenced again after a fun filled two weeks of masquerading as a ‘pin cushion’ at the hands of Siân Baker, physiotherapist and ‘healer of Hampton’, London. It has been frustrating and I have learnt my lesson. I made a common mistake at this stage and was concentrating on the mileage and intensity of my workouts, set to top 50km that week, at the expense of stretching and yoga for middle aged men.   I managed to swim for two and a half hours yesterday and although, slightly delicate the shoulder is stronger! Thank goodness.....
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“Publicity !! Fame.. lights.. action…..”

“Publicity !! Fame.. lights.. acti...

Dear friends, I have made it on to the ‘Free The Children’ website, how amazing. After struggling slowly back from the shoulder injury which is getting better, I needed this boost. http://www.freethechildren.com/2013/08/gary-bruce-swims-the-english-channel-for-change/ Free The Children as you know is my nominated charity. Why? Free The Children believe that young people have the power to change the world. And they are so right. Youth can break barriers that would otherwise prevent them from achieving their fullest potential. “to achieve their fullest...
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This is part of it .. right?!!

This is part of it .. right?!!

The shoulder is not fixed and the therapy goes on.  I have to say I have been trying to be adult and rest. Fear not all you gracious people that have sponsored me hoping to see me suffer in September, you Romans will get value for money… Lol.. Although, Mr John Jenkins (Select boat crew and chief holder of hand) wanted to insert the needles.. Miracle worker Sian would not allow it…. thank goodness!!   I have got to say amazing. And tomorrow is review day.. hopefully followed by a test swim. Hurrrrrah...
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Ladies & Gentlemen.. and Zac.. ‘The Viking Princess’

Ladies & Gentlemen.. and Zac.. R...

I took the opportunity whilst passing through Dover the other day, to have a short 2 hour dip and board our support vessel. Folkestone Fishing Trawler ‘The Viking Princess’. Every year Captain Reg Brickell and his brother Ray, lift her out for a complete deep clean and re-paint ready to assist her  ’slightly mad charges’ in their adventures across the Channel. I thought that you would like to see more of her..   The fore deck.. where many dramas unfold daily during the swimming season....
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“So you think that I’m fat?”

“So you think that I’m fat?”

Uhmmm.. of late there have been a few comments … People have noticed that I have put on weight. This actually has been strategic and quite difficult to do given that I already eat enough food to feed two adult men each day!   The advice came from and was taken on board by a guru in the ‘cold water swimming world’. The ice maiden herself.. Fiona Southwell from Brighton Sea Swimming club. “Gary.. think like a woman.. and eat chocolate and ice cream late at night!”   So, I did.. well errr.. eat chocolate and ice cream late at night. Mrs Anne Jenkins will say...