First of two this week to cover my holiday and keep me on target. Back still a little achy, but weekly improving.
There is absolutely no way I would be up at 5am and then swimming 1500 metres in those sea conditions if it wasn’t for this crazy challenge!
Its fairly easy to explain a 40k bike ride that is generally uneventful. It goes something like this; “I peddled. There were some hills.”
It’s fairly easy to also explain a 10k run that is generally uneventful. It goes something like this; “I ran. There were some hills.”
But it is almost impossible, even for an author, to explain what it’s like to get into the sea at 5.20am, with the wind blowing so hard that the tide is going east when it’s meant to be going west. When despite it being a lowish tide (around 1.5 metres) the waves are so choppy and multi directional that you feel like an abandoned sock being tossed around in a fast spinning tumble drier. When the taste of seawater, which is being forced into your mouth at each breath is so salty that your throat starts to burn. When a seagull stays hovering no more that a couple of feet above your head that you swear it thinks you’re a chip supper ready to be eaten. When you realise suddenly where you are and that you still have another 1k to go to safely get back to shore and you start wondering what’s going to happen if you can’t. When you get into that zone where you are just swimming and almost forgetting what you’re doing or where you are and then suddenly, literally like running into a brick wall, you swim head first into a huge yellow marker buoy and not only get just a little confused but get that fear that you’ve been attacked by a huge angry shark.
Yep it’s fair to say that if I wasn’t trying to do 52 Triathlons in 52 weeks I would not have been in the sea this morning 🤕
Thank goodness only 19 more to go 🙏
Triathlon 34/52 (second Tri of the week) done. I am now two ahead of where I need to be and able to go on my holiday and take two weeks off and still be up to date. I cannot put into words how grateful I am to have two weeks off, it almost brings a tear to my eye.
First of two this week to cover my holiday and keep me on target. Back still a little achy, but weekly improving. There is absolutely no way I would be up at 5am and then swimming 1500 metres in those sea conditions if it wasn’t for this crazy challenge!
I started my morning at 5.25am on the beach and by 6.30am was helping a stranded swimmer get home! Let me explain...