20191015 Swim #25

Today’s #AspireChannelSwim felt much easier than yesterday’s but somehow I ended up doing 2 fewer lengths in the same period.

I wonder if the issue is not so much variance in my stamina or fatigue from day to day but an inability to pace myself consistently.

I’m now ahead of the target to achieve 60 miles by 1 Dec for the first time and I guess I need to decide whether I
– continue to do as much as I have been to build up a buffer in case I’m unable to swim at some point
– set a higher target; or
– start to dial back how much I’m swimming every day.

You can follow my progress at http://theaardvark.co.uk/2019/10/aspire-channel-swim-2019-progress/

I’m undertaking this swim to raise funds for the Aspire Spinal Injuries charity and you can donate at https://justgiving.com/fundraising/theaardvark-2019-channel-swim

20191014 Swim #24

Today’s #AspireChannelSwim was tough. My arms were aching within minutes and I was out of breath after 15. It’s not unusual for me to feel fatigued quickly. I usually stop after 10 lengths for a quick drink and shake out but it would normally pass shortly after that. Today I felt fatigued for well over half an hour with my lungs and abdomen burning.

Thankfully it did pass eventually and I pushed on to the 1-hour target I’d set myself. Somehow, despite, all that (or maybe a failure to pace myself properly was actually the cause of all that) I managed 98 lengths in that time. 10 more than I’ve previously done in an hour.

Aspire Channel Swim 2019 Progress

I’m taking part in the 2019 #AspireChannelSwim from 9th November to 1 December. The challenge as set by the Aspire charity is to swim the width of the English Channel (22 miles). However, I realised early on I was going to get this done early on so I’ve set myself a personal target of at least 60 miles and maybe 66 miles.

The chart below shows my progress to date in the red with my 60-mile target in yellow.

If you would like to sponsor me in this challenge you can do so at my Just Giving page.

Aspire Channel Swim Week 5

It’s the end of week 5 of my #AspireChannelSwim. I managed just over 2 miles this morning (134 lengths) in 90 minutes, which is my furthest so far.
I’ve passed the charity-set target of 22 miles (the width of the English Channel) and I’m coming up on 27 miles. I should be on target to complete 60 miles by 1st Dec.
You can see my progress at https://www.aspirechannelswim.co.uk/user/u/41278 and there’s a link there to the fundraising page. :¬)