Lake Windermere

Lake Windermere

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

H2O Open water Article

You will be very pleased to know that I have written an article for H2O Open Water Swimming magazine. This is the only magazine dedicated to open water swimming and is compulsory reading material for anyone undertaking such swims. You can read my contribution at:


Hope you enjoy!

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Dublin revisited!

I have just returned from my annual trip to Dublin with Nick Owens and the First XV. We had an excellent tour with 3 good wins although the Irish tried their usual tricks.
"We have a few overage players this year, hope this is ok!"
"Well actually no it's not Paddy as the overage players all seem to be 6ft tall, ginger haired and 15 stone."

I did have a first as I had my first swim in the new Marian College pool. Lovely pool. The pool attendant was a hoot.
"You swam really well there fella, how many lengths did you do, 80?
"No I did 175"
"Jaysas, that must be a record!"
I have managed to get in 7000 metres this week which is 7000 more than any other weeks in Dublin.
And another thing. The Irish have a whole industry of being themselves. "you must have a Guiness in Dublin, it's better than everywhere else"
No it's not. It's as over rated in Dublin as it is everywhere else.

On the way to a million metres. Half term this week with Lizzie Kate and Tabby but I will get plenty of pool time in.

Keep the faith. Rock on.

Monday, 1 October 2012

1,000,000,here I come!

After my exploits over the summer I have now focused on completing 1million metres for the calendar year. (1000 Kilometres for those that prefer smaller numbers).
At the moment I have swum 821375 metres this year and this has taken me 271 hours and 37minutes, or if you prefer, just over 11 whole days of swimming!
Over the year I have averaged 3.03K per hour, although over the last 3 months I have averaged 3.31K per hour.
To reach the magical million mark I will have to average 15,000 metres a week for the rest of the year, which is no problem during the holidays as I do that sort of distance in 1 or 2 swims.
 School time is more difficult as there are limited opportunities to fit long swims in.
Still, I have averaged over 22,000 metres a week throughout the whole year so it should be possible.
Watch this space!
I am rounding up my Children's Liver Disease Foundation sponsorship this week, so those of you who keep saying that you will go to the Justgiving site, GET ON WITH IT

I will annonce my exciting new charity venture in the next week or so.

Don't forget, If God were a DJ he'd ROCK!

Setting off. 7am. Only 13 and a half hours to go!