Lake Windermere

Lake Windermere

Sunday, 28 April 2013


I had my medical for my swims this week. The urine sample proved to be a big problem!

As I am advancing in years I tend to forget things and on Tuesday my sample was due at the medical centre.
Well dear reader, I got up and did what a man needs to do. It was only after I had finished that I remembered that I had to fill the little bottle. Do you think I could. I was dry as a urinal in a convent.
8 litres of water later I managed to produce a pathetic dribble. Fortunately this was enough to be tested. Needless to say that I couldn't stop for the rest of the day.

Interestingly (well to me anyway) I had a medical on exactly the same day last year and I am 4 kgs lighter this year. All my vitals were also much better. If I get any fitter I will have to inform the authorities.

Another good week on the training front. I have done 417,000 metres already this year, all at a much faster pace than last year's swims.

One week to go before the BEACH BBQ. This will be a great event. Get your tickets from the HARE at LODDINGTON or contact me.

There is a great rock song. Cold as Ice. This describes the water at the moment. Brings tears to your eyes.

Keep the faith.

Monday, 22 April 2013

Photo Shoot

This photo was taken at St Andrews and shows the old vehicle that will be replaced with funds raised by my 2 swims and other activites undertaken by many people this year.

Sunday, 14 April 2013

The week that was!

Well, I am safely back in town from the USA. We had a great time with Doug, Kate and Tabby and I got 11 days of superb swimming in.

I flew back overnight on the night before my birthday. Quite surreal really. When did my birthday actually start? US time, BST, or did I celebrate the day on NZ time as theoretically my birthday should be on the day before in the northern hemisphere. ( work it out if you find this comment strange). Anyway, I was so tired I virtually forgot that it was my birthday!

On Thursday I was at ST. Andrews (see my blog a few weeks ago for information)  where I participated in a health forum and had some photos taken with the current Red Cross support vehicle. My Jersey and Channel swims are to raise funds to purchase a new purpose built vehicle to replace the present one which is getting long in the tooth.

Looking forward to the 5th of MAY and the BEACH PARTY. Do come if you can, especially all you Russian girls who regularly view this site!

The Heart of Rock and Roll is still beating.

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

USA again!

Well, here I am once again in the home of the brave and land of the free.

Lizzie and I are having are great time with Doug, Kate and Tabitha.  The Easter egg hunt was a hoot although I was devastated to find out that I couldn't take part. Fun is wasted on children.

I have had some great swims. I won't harp on how good the pools are over here, but they are! It is such a pleasure to swim for 2 hours in a public pool and never have to share a lane.

The BEACH BBQ on the 5th of MAY is shaping up well as there will be not 1, but 2 bands on the day.    Tickets from the HARE or contact me.

Well, dear readers, must fly as we are all off to the petting zoo this afternoon. It is a beautiful sunny day although the wind is a little cool but nothing like the UK at the moment. 21C in a few days. Ha Ha.

There is a lady who is sure all that glitters is gold.

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