Well, I’m not sure where to begin with this. I suppose everything good in my swimming life came out of Kingdom Swim last year. Really and truly, the reward of that has just been phenomenal. I cannot even express the exponential return I got just from finishing. It didn’t seem like something so hard to do at the time, just finishing. Looking back, it doesn’t seem to warrant such incredible, amazing, extravagant goodness as I have been blessed with.
I will be off to Ireland soon for open water training. Over the course of nine days, we will be swimming twice a day in approximately 50 degree water. Some of the swims will be in the ocean. Some will be in rivers. Some will be in lakes. I believe there is even one in a river that will be timed so that we swim off with a release of water from a dam. The total distance is projected to be about 55 – 60 miles total. In 9 days.
As if that isn’t enough, on the second to last day we will all participate in a Torture Swim. The idea is that everything that can go wrong absolutely WILL go wrong… and then some.
As if THAT isn’t enough, on the very last day, after being exhausted, swimming everywhere, and being tortured, we are swimming for 6 hours straight.
I had started off getting ready for this in January and February with extreme strength. I was so excited to be ready! I worked so hard to get my mileage up, to perfect and improve my technique. I was looking great! Read more