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Out in the Open Water Without a Paddle

Tues – open water swim (ish!), practice transition, 2k pool swim (500m, 1k, 25s/50s)
Wed – AM – Preston Park group session – 15lap/30lap/4lap run PM (planned..) core, deadlifts, swim arms

So I just returned from first open water swim.. I have swum in the sea on holiday, and on sunny days in Brighton, but I have never really swum in the sea. Swimming has never been so hard! Later analysis (we all do it…) reminded me that whenever I have swum in the sea, I have always point blank refused to put my head in the water, in fact, other than when accompnied by a snorkle and mask, I have never seen the inside of the sea. Today I realised for the first time that sea water is decidedly – unclear. Swimming in a pool, you can see very clearly – though sometimes concentration/exhaustion/over zealous sprinting might still result in collision, swimming in the sea, everything is murky. Anyways, now I know what it feels like, all I have to do is get over the shock and try, try and try again. The fact that i’m itching to try is evidence either that I am stupid or determined. Time will tell which one.

One thing I will say – my post sea swim pool swim was the easiest swim I have ever swum. All lack of nose clip trauma has totally vanished, desire to be lazy and take numerous breaks seemed ridiculous, and I really felt I could stay all day. I didn’t – I went home and had a massive lunch with tuna, kidney beans, cous cous and green things – but i’m sure I could have if i’d decided to be irrational.

While I was there, I bumped into this bloke: http://www.channelangus.co.uk/blog.html, he had a lane to himself with his own explanation – kind of like a bunny in a pet shop “This breed of rabbit requires…”, except his sign explained he was swimming four hours a day, in preperation for swimming the channel to raise money for clean water supplies in Africa. I waited till he reached the end of the lap and gave him the thumbs up – leaving the pool wondering if some sort of crazy charity event might be a good idea. Good luck Angus!

I'm an NCTJ Journalist and work at Cycling Weekly. Previous to this, I was the Editor at Total Women's Cycling. I've also dabbled in marketing and copywriting - having been Marketing Coordinator and Social Media/Content Editor at Evans Cycles. My first job was working on a local newspaper.  I've written for a variety of titles on a freelance basis, too. I got into cycling when I entered my first triathlon in 2010. I now race crits, road races, time trials, and do a lot of track training for not very much track racing.

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