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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.. can’t stop now, off to middle aged man yoga.. I could get in to this! By the way, it is rumour only.. concerning the...
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“Publicity !! Fame.. lights.. action…..”

“Publicity !! Fame.. lights.. action…..”...

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 potential as agents of change” Free The Children is a high impact and innovative charity. The program is designed to achieve tangible results with a lasting impact on the youth and thus their future. Young people can become the greatest problem solvers. Let ‘them’, the children, make the world a better place. I began this journey with one aim in mind.. The French Coast! It was the single driving motivational force, however, with time this quickly changed. FTC has become very important to me. My goal of matching my personal expenditure of £6000 is becoming more real. Have a look at the donations page which is accessible at the top of the ‘Home Page’ of this blog and click on the Union Flag button. A big thank you to all my sponsors to date… remember satisfaction guaranteed.. Your money goes direct to much needed projects globally and I ‘will’ suffer, you can be assured of...
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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.. ‘The Viking Princess’...

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 “So what’s changed??” Don’t listen to her,   I needed to put on some weight to help try and insulate my vital organs within the body’s core and to provide some fat reserves. This weight is essential to aid my ability to fight against the prolonged cold during what could be up to 14-18 hours in the Channel.   Hey, why not I’m in!   Cross training is also vital to avoid injury and build general body resistance. However, as with many of these ‘time consuming pursuits’ there are barely enough hours in the day to do the swim training itself. So I cannot report that this side of my training has gone terribly well.   However, I have managed extremely competitive rides to school with my No1 fan club… and contributed massively to the ‘ice cream stall fundraiser’ after school.. mainly chocolate cones.....