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