I know it’s been a while, I’m sorry, life happens, but I didn’t give up on my blog, I knew some day i would come back to it. So here I am, in 2017, making a comeback!.
So, what have I been doing since my busy year in 2013? keeping just as busy, in summary, here’s what I’ve been up to:
In 2014, I was having a quiet year, nothing too long was the plan. I crewed for the Munster Mermaids English Channel Relay, a super time was had with them on their successful crossing.
Also in 2014 I headed to Key West in Florida, a 20km/12.5mile race/swim around the island. I loved it, a gang of 8 from Cork went and had a blast, it was superbly organised event, one I would highly recommend, but with one huge warning, the Water Temp, no kidding, it was too hot, on the day of the swim, water was 32deg C, air was same, and over 80% humidity, so basically no air. The swim was great, clear water, fabulous sea life under us, lumpy in parts and fast in parts, but by the end, I was sick of the water temp, there were no ‘cold’ patches! I have found my upper limit, nothing over 25deg ever again 🙂 If they moved this event to winter months they would fill it three times over with swimmers. But hey, it’s done now, and I learned my upper limit of water temps!!.
Oh yeah, another thing I did in 2014, In August I started running (eeek)..
2105 – Another English Channel Crewing trip, with Trevor Malones Solo swim, great day again with a successful outcome 🙂 That was followed by a trip to Spain for a swim, with all the usual craic that comes when 30 people go for a 24km sea swim event. Then boom, a nasty shoulder injury during the swim and my plans for 2016 had to change. My winter training was massively curtailed while I pieced myself back together over a 6 month period. Luckily I was distracted with keeping Bernard Lynch company for his English Channel swim in 2016, which I was again crewing for! And oh, yes, a Channel Relay was on the cards, a girlie/friends relay was in the planning for 2016, just to keep winter spirits up.
2016 – A trip to BestFest Open Water Festival in Mallorca in May (Highly recommended by the way), some local swims around Cork (I have 80 miles of the Cork Coast covered now), more training with Bernard, and of course, training for our English Channel Relay. End of August and Bernard Successfully crosses the English Channel, and 10 days later, our Relay Team Coral8 smash the Irish Female Record for a 6 person relay with a time under 9hours.. We were home in time for dinner (I am well aware this does not always happen).
So that brings me to 2017, back to the madness of long swims, things I may have planned in 2015 + 2016 and did not work out for me, are back on the table, so here I am again, cataloging what I am up to, for me to look back on, and to share my highs/lows/learnings with anyone who wants to pick up any useful info.!
Watch this space as to what I get up to this year. 🙂 In the meantime #JustKeepSwimming.