Monthly Archives: December 2014

LetJog14 Done!

This morning I went to the pool and towards the end of my swim set I reached John O’Groats. That means I can take all of the rest of the year off!!

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, then a group of us on Facebook committed to completing a distance equivalent to travelling from Land’s End to John O’Groats (the two most distant parts of mainland Britain) in out training in 2014.

It was a great idea and I know that it has helped many of us to keep focussed on the important (but often slightly dull and certainly not much fun) training sets when there isn’t an event to aim for. It’s this training that lays the foundations for great performances later on, but equally it is this training that is often missed.

Most of the group are runners, so they have run the distance. I however, as a swimmer, have allowed myself to include swimming miles (multiplied by three to equate to running distance) and cycling miles (divided by four). So my totals for the year are:

– Swimming – 402.37kms = 1,207.10kms
– Running – 128.13kms
– Cycling – 524.27kms = 131.07kms

– Total – 1,466.30kms

There seemed to be a little confusion about the exact distance at the very start of the challenge, so I adopted a distance of 1,400kms. Some others have been aiming for 1,400 or 1,407 I think. If I had gone for 1,407 then I would have hit the target during the first few lengths of my swim on 15th December.

Next Year

Now that the 2014 challenge is done, it’s time to look at 2015. I’m definitely going to sign up for it again, but this time I’m going to increase my target distance to 1,600kms (or 1,000 miles).

I’ve actually managed to complete the 2014 distance even though the last four months have been well below target (fortunately I had built up a surplus over the summer), so I should be able to manage an extra 140kms if I don’t slack off at the end of the year. That said, at the moment my main swimming activity is in technique drills which take longer than just regular swimming, so my swimming distances may be down slightly at the start of the year. Although I could make them back up with one swim alone in May,

And if you want to read more about the challenge, then check out this post by the guy who set it up.

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LetJog14 Update

I’ve mentioned this before, but this year I’ve joined in with an online group who are all planning to run from Land’s End to John O’Groats over the course of the year. And when I say run, they are using that distance as motivation for their training and want to cover the equivalent distance (rather than run those actual roads) of 1,460kms this year.

It has been great motivation for us all and it has been to good to keep in contact with everyone through the Facebook group. Some of course completed the distance very early in the year (and my even get all the way back to Land’s End), others will unfortunately miss out. For a few, me included, it was always planned to ‘just’ hit the target by the end of the year.

While most of the participants are runners, I did modify the details somewhat to fit in with my plans of primarily swimming. For every kilometre I’ve swum, I’ve multiplied it by 3; I’ve divided cycling distance by four and kept running distances as is.

Before illness and injury struck there was an outside chance that I could complete the distance at the end of November during a 10k I had entered. But the 10k had to be missed and so did the training for it. As of yesterday I was just over 56kms away from hitting the goal, but a good swim (x2) and a go on the bike in the gym last night means that I am now only 42kms away.

Will I get there before the end of the year?

If I could run (as well as swim etc) then I’d be confident of doing so, but my leg still isn’t strong enough to let me do many (if any) running kms before the end of the year. And I’m not a confident enough cyclist to go out and do much on wet and dark roads. So it’ll mainly be gym biking and swimming that will see me through and to do that I have to rely on the gym being open when I can train.

So… it’ll be close.

Current totals are:

– Swimming – 390.52kms (adjusted to 1,171.55)

– Running – 128.13kms

– Cycling – 471.27kms (adjusted to 117.82)

– Total – 1,417.50kms – left to go 42.50kms


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Ah… I’ve missed you

I went for a swim today.

There shouldn’t be anything unusual in that, but there is unfortunately. In fact, until today, I’d not swum since November 24th. Which is, by a very long way, the longest gap I’ve had between swims this year. (I’ve a couple of gaps of up to a week, but they either preceded or followed a specific long swim). I can’t even use the excuse that I was doing other things, as that swim on November 24th was the last exercise I’ve done.

I posted just at the start of this period of inactivity about my illness and injury, and on top of that I’ve had a serious outbreak of ‘can’t-be-arsed-itis’.

But today I went to the pool.

And I swam.

At first a gentle 100m warm-up, then a few gentle 200m sets (I say ‘sets’, I was just swimming up and down, but resting at the end of each 200m). And then to finish I did 500m.

And it felt good.

The water was welcoming and I remembered how to do it. I’d even go as far to say that I enjoyed it – well I must have done, as I’m going again this evening!

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Big thanks to Speedo

Originally posted on my Open for Business blog.

Open for Business

The other day I posted this.

This morning I received this package from Speedo.

Speedo Goodies

Thanks Speedo 🙂

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I’m gonna swim from Europe to Asia

It’s not actually that far, just about 4.5km, but it sounds good and I’m expecting it to be great fun.

I’m going to do it as part of the Hellespont trip organised by SwimTrek (who I did the April trip with) and it’s all part of the research for my Open for Business book. I’ve blogged about it on the Open4Biz blog:

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One of my target swims for next year is Hellespont, which is the famous swim in Turkey in which you cross from the European continent to the Asian continent.

Photo blatantly stolen from the SwimTrek website.

It’s a swim that has always captured my imagination as an iconic international swim. It is also a great place to meet international swimmers and to see if they can share some of the experiences that I have with regards to the links between open water swimming and business – or perhaps even more usefully, learn from their different experiences.

So I’m delighted to say that I’ve booked the swim for next August already.

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Read the full post here.

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I’m writing a book – Open For Business: business advice from a fresh [water] perspective.

Please check out my crowdfunding site to pre-order a copy –

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I’ve been stabbed

Although it was all done with careful precision and I gave my full consent.

I’ve been having some physio for my injured leg and yesterday the physio wanted to use acupuncture needles. I’ve never had it before, so I was more than happy to give it a try. Apparently I was a “very good responder” as the muscles were twitching away – which is what she wanted to happen.

The needles are about 2cm into my leg in this video.

I have to admit that it felt a bit weird, not painful, but certainly strange. Although if it helps mend me then I’m happy to do it again.


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