Channel Relay – Training Swim

 

As the ‘GO’ time is getting closer, we decided we would take an evening spin out on a boat and practice our Relay Changeovers. As we are swimming to France and Back, we could be doing up to 24 relay changeovers during our swim, so it’s important we understand what we are to do when in the water and when you are the swimmer taking over. Messing it up 24 times is valuable time wasted.

We know our order (Carol-Owen-Caitlin-Lynne-Maeve-Eoin x repeat), so we headed out into Cork Harbour, looking for some ‘space’ (and some waves to test Maeves seas sick medication!). We stopped just before Churchbay, and I jumped in to start off, Lisa insisted I make an entrance into the water, so I obliged (not going to argue with crew, am I..)

Lisa said make it worthy of a photo.. I think I did it justice!

Lisa said make it worthy of a photo.. I think I did it justice!

 

Owen in, taking over from Carol. Sorry Owen, I was swimming so I missed your entry!

Owen in, taking over from Carol.
Sorry Owen, I was swimming so I missed your entry!

At Least Caitlin was excited to get and swim (11deg). She did do a normal dive though!

At Least Caitlin was excited to get and swim (11deg). She did do a normal dive though!

Caitlin taking over from Owen!

Caitlin taking over from Owen!

Lynne getting ready to take over, but spots the 'Roisin' (Navy ship) *hides in the water*

Lynne getting ready to take over, but spots the ‘Roisin’ (Navy ship) *hides in the water*

Smooth takeover from Lynne, Caitlin now finished!

Smooth takeover from Lynne, Caitlin now finished!

Maeve gets 3rd place for 'Best Entry' :)

Maeve gets 3rd place for ‘Best Entry’ 🙂

Yes, Maeves Kick is like an outboard motor!. She Flies around Lynne.

Yes, Maeves Kick is like an outboard motor!. She Flies around Lynne.

Eoin, 2nd best Entry of the night!. He also listened to Lisas request for a wild entry!

Eoin, 2nd best Entry of the night!. He also listened to Lisas request for a wild entry!

And around he goes, Maeve drops to a 2beat kick!

And around he goes, Maeve drops to a 2beat kick!

I go back in again to take over from Eoin, so we can start our rotation all over! My 2nd 'Entry' wasnt as good as my 1st one - I'll practice, I promise!

I go back in again to take over from Eoin, so we can start our rotation all over!
My 2nd ‘Entry’ wasnt as good as my 1st one – I’ll practice, I promise!

Last changeover for tonight. We all did 6mins each and the tide was so strong, we swam on the spot for 40mins!! scary

Last changeover for tonight.
We all did 6mins each and the tide was so strong, we swam on the spot for 40mins!! scary

Team Crosóige Mara: Owen OKeefe, Lynne Lynch, Eoin O'Riordan, Caitlin Desmond, Carol Cashell, Maeve Ryan. Photo taken by crew! Lisa Cummins.

Team Crosóige Mara:
Owen OKeefe, Lynne Lynch, Eoin O’Riordan, Caitlin Desmond, Carol Cashell, Maeve Ryan.
Photo taken by crew! Lisa Cummins.

I know this made it look like a lot of fun (and it was!), but we are well aware of the huge task ahead of us to succeed in our challenge of crossing the English Channel (twice). We are ready as a team, we are prepared as best we can be, now its just over to the weather gods to give us the 2 days of good weather we need to make the swim a success. Big thanks to everyone who has helped us get this far, we are ready to do you all proud. Keep following for ‘lively’ updates on Twitter (@Crosoigemara) and Facebook!, this is going to be hard work, but we promise to make it as much fun as we can 🙂

I’m ending with some of my favourite quotes I’ve been using on my blog posts:

Champions have made a habit of doing what others find boring or uncomfortable

Always remember, whatever the goal–keep your eye on it.

Life’s greatest adventure is in doing one’s very best

The swimmer who says, “It can’t be done” is passed by the swimmer who is doing it.

The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond into the impossible.

Tough times never last, but tough people do.

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

You can’t do anything by doing nothing.

Don’t count the days, make the days count.

 

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One Response to Channel Relay – Training Swim

  1. minkejill says:

    Reblogged this on Dr Jill's swim blog and commented:
    Good luck to Irish friends in their two way SIX man relay in a couple of weeks – and to UK friends on their two-way FOUR man relay next week.

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