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I Live with a Neuromuscular / Spinal Condition and plan to 'Challenging My Limits' by undertaken a Swim, Bike and Run (well jog, well shuffle) at Ironman Kalmar in 2016.

In doing so trying to raise a few pounds for the Brain & Spine Foundation.

Just One Length

DragonRunnerby DragonRunnerOct 15th 2015
Lwindermerast months blog was just before my one length challenge of Lake Windermere, well to start off with I am glad to say I completed the swim. My finishing time of 7 hours 6 minutes was just that 6 minutes over the predicted time from entry. As alway could I have gone faster, probably yes if I analysis the swim. But for me the achievement of completing the 10 mile open water swim far outweighs anything else.

Before I go any further I have to say a massive thanks to my wife Karen who was my support boat for the swim and guided me safely to the end. I have been asked a few times would I do it again, well that is simple - Yes. However it would have to fit into to other challenges. I would also have to say if anyone is thinking of taking on the challenge, then have your own support boat, it made so much difference having someone there who know you and your plans.

The event was well run on the whole. It was a long day with a 5am pick up to be transported to the start at Fell Foot Country Park by coach. I was so glad I remembered to bring a touch as the walk down to the start was under moonlight, so beside not being able to see the end, you could not see the Lake.

As the sun rose in the distance the still waters of Lake Windermere and the safety briefing over the waiting 120 swimmers took to the water in an orderly manner with the waiting safety kayak just a short distance away, with the first few hundred metres waving through the boats that stood motionless in the moorings, it was then over the to the half way check point at Storrs Hall, this leg of the swim was nice and smooth.

At Storrs Hall, is the half way compulsory safety check in, and feed station, so have a short stay (probably too long) it was time to cross the lake just before the busiest part of the lake, with the car ferry out of the way it was time to make my way up what was classed as the left hand side of the lake, behind Belle Island, up to Wray castle and around to the finish line at Low Wray, and the swim was over. My mantra for the year was ‘just one length’

For me this actual worked well, with the planned feed stops every hour, when I finished I felt good, it's a swim that may set down the foundations for something longer (we will see), it was 4 Ironman swims or half the English Channel - which ever way you look at it the goal was achieved, and I wish ti thank everyone for their support. Also to the speed merchant Andrew who had kept me company on many training sessions over the last few months.

With the Windermere swim over the last few weeks I have been conceentraintg on my coaching knowledge and expanding the skills with a Level 2 Strength & Conditioning course along with the Certified Ironman Coaching program, both of which I can see will not only benefit those I have contact with but my own session, where sometimes it is hard been self coached.

Lastly for today, if I am honest with myself, everyday life is not get easier and I need to be careful not to let the chimp get the better of me. Not easy but need to work hard on it, so it is no use me having no goal. So I need to get something going soon after reaching my swim goal for the year it’s being a little bit flat.

Thank you for reading.
Ironjediby member: Ironjedi, Oct 30th 2015 23:35
Fantastic achievement - Well done :-)
by guest: Esther Joy, Nov 13th 2015 12:10
Nice blog... The information you provided is much helpful...........
 
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