Rhythm is gonna get you

Well, I did it.  I swam from Hampton Court to Kingston.  Two and a quarter miles.  One hour and twenty five minutes.

When I signed up for the swim, I had grand ideas about training.  Swimming pools during the week.  Lakes at the weekend.  Lessons to improve my technique.  I had a plan.

Of course, I didn’t stick to it.  At all.  I think I managed two pools swims, one lake swim and one lesson.  Under prepared is a bit of an understatement.  So my aim going into this morning was a finish.  Any finish.

We (my long-suffering and wonderfully supportive husband and I) arrived in plenty of time and joined the queue for registration.  And then the queue for the timing chip.  Maybe we weren’t in plenty of time after all.

Gather time came and I joined the other swimmers in my wave for the pre-race briefing (mercifully short) before getting into the water and swimming over to the start.  A few final words of encouragement and we were off.  Or at least everyone else was off.  I couldn’t find my rhythm at all.  Every time I tried front crawl, I felt like I couldn’t catch my breath.  As I breast stroked along getting further and further back in my wave, I tried little bursts of front crawl.  Four strokes.  Pause and wave to OH.  Eight strokes.  Pause and wave to OH.  Sixteen strokes.  Pause and wave to OH.  Thirty-two strokes…wait.  I’ve got it!  I’ve found my rhythm!  Now, we’re talking.

I’m not saying that I did the rest in crawl (for one thing, my steering is rubbish and breast stroke is a good way of getting back on course).  But I did the bulk of it in crawl, which is good enough for me.  And I finished…

…and joined the queue up the ramp.  And the queue for getting the timing chip removed.  And the queue for the bags.  And the queue for the medals.  And the queue for the freebie towel.  And the queue for the freebie energy bar.

And then we went for pizza. 

Nom nom nom.


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A Bradypus or Sloth am I, I live a life of ease, contented not to do or die but idle as I please; ... [Michael Flanders and Donald Swann]
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15 Responses to Rhythm is gonna get you

  1. Sue jones says:

    Welldone! Do you ever rest at weekends? I get tired just keeping up with all your exercise.

  2. Travelling Hopefully says:

    See – you redefined your body and away you swam! Very well done on your success!

  3. MovingAlong says:

    Completely superb. 2.25 miles? I’m in awe.

  4. Andy says:

    I’m just amazed I managed to:

    a) Spot Louise amongst all the other swimmers wearing the same coloured cap
    b) Keep Louise in sight almost the whole way (with just the odd large tree blocking my view)

    By the way, I thought it was nice of a woman to cheer Louise along for quite a way…before I finally pointed out that that was my wife and not her son/son-in-law 😉

  5. Rachel B says:

    Wow hardcore or what. Well done.

  6. Athena says:

    how is it possible for queues to form for such a long swim! Well done!

  7. jensruns2011 says:

    Yay, well done, great stuff! Sounds really tough, I certainly can’t imagine swimming two and a quarter miles in the open water, I’m very impressed 🙂

  8. henniemavis says:

    Oh, how I love your attitude! What a fine finish it was, complete with celebratory freebies & dinner out. Sounds like a perfect day to me 🙂

    That was quite a long swim. With all that crawling, could you consider registering for any upcoming arm-wrestling contests? I’d bet on you!

  9. runtezza says:

    Inspirational stuff — very well done. Great work with the arm waving/ front crawl technique, whatever Stevie Smith might say. And well done on the queuing too — makes it somehow more British. Hope you didn’t have to wait too long for the pizza!

  10. plustenner says:

    that is just so amazing!!

  11. fortnightflo says:

    Great going – and that seems really quite quick for an open water swim. You must be feeling so fit roght now!

  12. zoecakes says:

    Wow – well done! I can’t even imagine swimming for that long or that far!

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