Today I learned that my body lies to me. Not just little lies but big fat fibs. 5 minutes into today’s swim and it was telling me that another swim so soon after yesterday’s 76 minutes was a really bad idea. I was too fatigued to even do 15 minutes, let alone the 1 hour that I had planned.
10 minutes later, after I’d convinced myself and my aching arms that I wasn’t going to give up so easily and suddenly… POW! Not only was I OK after 15 minutes but I could swim in 30 minutes sets, instead of the usual 15. And when I hit the hour mark I felt fine to just keep on going.
At 90 minutes I started to flag a little, but I was close to a new personal best. I’d not swum for more than 90 minutes before, so I thought I’d do another 15. And then after 1¾ hours… well….. I was so dammed close to 2 hours and just far enough from flaking out in the water and drowning that it had to be worth a go. So I carried on.
2 hours (well, as near as makes no difference). From the moment the pool session opened to the moment the staff were clearly waiting to get it ready for the next session. 188 lengths. 4.7km. 2.9 miles.
SWIMMING PRO TIP: LEAVE THE POOL WITH ENOUGH ENERGY LEFT TO WRESTLE YOUR SOCKS BACK ON TO DAMP FEET
I need a few days off after that, so it’s a good job that’s the end of week 6 and I’m not swimming, or doing much else, over the weekend. That brings me to the halfway point in terms of time.
If you’re as impressed with my performance as I am (I’m frankly shocked tbh – who knew I was capable of that?) then maybe you could see your way to saying a little “congratulations” in the form of a donation to Aspire, the spinal injury charity, on my fundraising page. :¬)
I’m currently 25th in the leaderboard for distance swum by participants of the challenge, up 3 places from midweek. https://www.aspirechannelswim.co.uk/leaderboards/individuals/order/distance/p3#board