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The Party is on !

The Party is on !

It’s a ‘Gooooooooooooooooo’ !! Tomorrow morning on the 24th September 2013, at 0215  I will be leaving Dover marina on ‘The Viking Princess’ fishing vessel Commanded by Reg Brickell to attempt my English Channel dream! I wanted you to be the first to know. I cannot begin to tell how much your support and help has meant to me. It truly has moved me to achieve great things which have all added to the necessary building blocks of success for this swim. You can follow me using one of two methods: I will have a ‘personal GPS Spot onboard the...
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Panic over!

Panic over!

Right.. panic over.. we were in the middle of ‘The Last Supper’, our style.. cooked by chef John Jenkins.. Last supper rehearsal   And……. Reg called….. We are not going tomorrow! We are now looking at Tuesday. Of corse I will keep you posted. Now… ‘feeding practise..’ I Will update you all.. sorry for the false alarm.. but ‘this is the...
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Tense days of nail biting.. OMG.. I paid for that nail job!

Tense days of nail biting.. OMG.. I paid...

From tonight, Sunday 22nd at midnight the ‘tidal window’ opens, running until midnight the 4th October. We chose this window of opportunity because the two tides that run daily in the Channel are at their relative weakest. Why? Because the earth, moon and sun are out of phase, the moon is 90 degrees out of sync. This produces less gravitational pull on large bodies of water. Thus, within this window, I will swim on the first day that the weather conditions are swimmable. Nothing like holding your breath and waiting! Nervous now. I called Reg the pilot, one hour ago (1730,...
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Things are hotting up.. there’s competition!

Things are hotting up.. there’s co...

This truly has been a journey and I have met some fantastic people. Last week I was privileged to swim with Otto Thaning who next year will swim the EC again at 74 years old.. with his fabulous and renowned sidekick, Roger Finch (Rog you need to pull up your drinking socks!) and this week.. I was pitted against some great guys: Sylle Estadiö of France, who is swimming the EC butterfly, jumping tomorrow morning, Saturday 21st September. Good luck Sylle! Justin Hanby of Australia.. a secret speed merchant, I am sure, who will be ‘wind assisted’ without any...
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‘Cream Teas in Devon’

‘Cream Teas in Devon’

I must report a fantastic fundraising event held on my behalf in Tiverton, Devon. At the same time I must also reprimand that individual for giving away top secret recipes! It really is shocking that the moment my back was turned having left home just recently…. 34 years ago…. my Mother Brenda, decided that it was okay to give away ‘scone and various fabulous cake recipes’ in the name of fundraising for my swim??   Luckily, I can reassure you that there was absolutely no Christmas cake involved. That would have led to severe sanctions!  ...
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Test Week !

Test Week !

Another fabulous trip to San Francisco.  This week was very important, as I have managed to swim 40km Monday to Friday. This was the first big training week since injury! It means that my shoulder is coping. I arrived at the South End Rowing and Swimming Club upon my ‘trusted steed’, fully fed and rested. Having eaten a massive breakfast consisting of a ‘Star of Bucks’ porridge, protein shake, carbo shake and a coffee with… 8 hours jet-lag. I was feeling pretty good. My first day of swimming consisted of a well constructed route from Aquatic...
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Back in San Francisco.. and the shoulder is stronger!

Back in San Francisco.. and the shoulder...

  The shoulder is getting better!! Although, I am incredibly careful with it and now limit the amount of ‘paddle work’ that I do. I have managed 20km in the last 3 days, slowly returning to normal. Today was a 2 hour swim, which was meant to be with equipment but the wind was blustery and prevented me from really using my toys. I ended up doing a few coves and practising ‘sighting’ along with breathing.. yes breathing air and not… water!!   All in all a good day. 7Km more tomorrow in the USF pool.. plus a little dip if there is...
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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.....