Monthly Archives: April 2012


I’m aware that many people raise money when they are doing challenges like this. It seems a great fit: the fact that people are donating money is an extra motivation for the participant; while for the donators, it’s a good reason to give and gives them a reason to put their hands in their pockets.

The British seem particularly good at this kind of giving – as the recent and tragic story of Claire Squires shows.

Yet ..

While I’m happy to support charities and I think that the generosity that is shown is amazing, it can still sit very uncomfortably with me.

In particular it is the exotic or complex challenges, which are done for charity that annoy me the most. I’m sure that many good causes gain a huge amount of funds and exposure from organising a trek through the Andes, or a skydive event, but it always feels like I’m paying for the holiday or experience of the participant.

From a personal point of view, the reason I do these things is for me. Pure and simple (and possibly very selfishly). I don’t need the extra motivation of raising money for charity and any charity money I raise is not likely to help me finish that extra mile, I’ll do that (or not) through my own will power and determination. Whether I’m sponsored or not, I’m gonna (try to) swim Windermere.

Having said all of that, I have decided to set up a JustGiving page, because .. well .. mainly because some people just want to give to these things and who am I to stop them.

So, if you’re one of those people you can go here and donate some money to Water Aid or Sport Relief. The people that receive your donation will be very grateful and you can be proud that you have done a good thing.

However, please don’t feel obliged to do so and more importantly, please don’t feel that you have in any way inspired me. I’m doing this anyway.

But thanks.


Filed under Motivation

More Motivation Please

April’s been a difficult month so far, what with work and life and stuff getting in the way of exercise. I’ve only exercised once in the last ten days and as I’ve just come back from a trade show I certainly don’t feel like it today.

I know I enjoy it when I do it – and even more than that I enjoy the benefits afterwards, but it’s amazing how quickly you can get out of the habit and once you are, how hard it is to motivate yourself to get back into it.

So, if anyone has any spare motivation they could send my way I’d be very grateful. In the meantime I’ll just sit here and eat biscuits.


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Swimming Etiquette

I like swimming. And with the plan to swim Windermere, then that’s the exercise I focus the most on at the moment.

I like being able to lose myself in the process of swimming – although it takes very little mental activity to swim up and down it absorbs me completely and I switch my brain off as I tick off the lengths.

But of course one of the bugbears (as in any area of life) is other people.

Generally people in the pool are great and we all go about our business in tacit acknowledgement of each other, without actually talking (a bit like travelling on the tube). But of course there are always one or two who disrupt that. Here are a few of the most annoying character types that I occasionally see:

Chatterbox: the people who seem to use the pool as a social event and clog up one end by chatting and leave me no room to turn. Just go for a coffee instead!

One-lap racers: now and again you get people who seem to train by sprinting a length or two and then resting for 5 minutes. Fine in itself, but very annoying if you don’t realise and let them overtake you doing this, only to see them stop moments later.

Dawdlers: this is the group of people who swim just a bit slower than you, but then don’t let you past. They are just too quick for you to sprint past (or the lane is too busy), but they are also too oblivious to your presence (or just too ignorant) to let you past.

Of course, I’m sure most of them get annoyed with me too – the plodder that just keeps going up and down, up and down, up and down etc etc


Filed under Swimming