6 miles … *gulp*

This weekend sees the first real challenge of my swimming training – I’m doing the two-way Lake Bala event, organised by the BLDSA.

Looks pretty there doesn’t it? I’m not so sure it’ll feel like that as I’m swimming it. The lake is 3 miles long, so the two-way event is 6 miles.

To put this into perspective, the longest swim I have done so far in training is 4 1/2 miles. That took me just under 3 1/4 hours, so I’m expecting this to take me close to 4 1/2 hours. Again, for a bit of perspective, a few years ago I ran a couple of marathons – I did London in 4hrs 31mins and then Dublin in 4hrs 10mins. If I complete this swim in less then my Dublin time I’d be delighted, but either way I’m effectively swimming a “marathon”.

And this is only part of the training so that I can swim the 10 1/2 mile Windermere.

To top it all there’s a lake monster called Teggie.



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4 responses to “6 miles … *gulp*

  1. Good luck! Expecting tall tales of your exploits (with or without Teggie) on Monday…

  2. I’m rubbish at swimming, so either way, I’m impressed.

    But what has really made me think, is not the distance, but the times… 4 1/2 hours? Seriously impressive swim. Well done Sir.

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