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 am an NCTJ qualified journalist and copywriter with a year’s worth of experience as a local hack, and just under two years’ of experience working in the marketing department for a highstreet retailer. I currently work at Cycling Weekly, previous to this I was the editor at Total Women's Cycling. I do a little freelance writing alongside my job, and have written for Runner’s World, Triathlete’s World, Sussex Sport, Basingstoke Gazette newspaper, the Brighton Argus, Steve Hart Photography and 2LK Design. I blog to record the activities in my life which I don’t want to forget when I’m old and wrinkly (let’s hope the internet never melts down – but it seems safer than a notebook) – to let old friends and family know what I’m up to, and because I enjoy playing with words. I’m always looking for new projects – and you can email me should you ever need someone with an energetic passion for word doodling. Email: michelle.arthurs@gmail.com Twitter: @RideWriteRepeat Instagram: @RideWriteRepeat

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