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All this cold water torture has been for a reason!

When I started to realise how painful swimming in cold water was, and how much I dread it every time – that walk down the beach towards the icy depths is horrendous – I decided a higher purpose might help me get in and enjoy the suffering.

So, ladies and gentlemen, I bring you my VirginMoneyGiving fundraising page to support my Channel swimming efforts.

Poppy day swim – what a difference two weeks makes

Today is Remembrance Day and, fittingly, I will always remember it. I think today will be a turning point in my Channel training story.

Two weeks ago I wrote about how my body and mind responded to a particularly cold swim which knocked my confidence  a bit.  Actually, A Lot.  It also gave me a reality check about how hard swimming through the winter is going to be. 

English Channel – here I come!

Bit of a misleading headline there. I’m not going to swim the Channel. Completely. But I AM  going to do a Channel relay next September with a team of Seabrook Seals, the group of people I swim with down at Southbourne beach in Bournemouth.

I won’t tell you everything now because I don’t know many more details than the slot we’ve got –

That post-swim shiver…

My first swim with the Seabrook Seals was on a warm day with a flat, clear sea.  We did two hours.  Although being in the water for two hours would be my longest ever swim, I wasn’t really concerned about coping with the swim. I was more concerned about the cold.  I wore two hats,