Crikey. The next time I change web hosting accounts, remind me to learn how to back up a blog first!
Two years blogging lost. Never mind!!
Well, after a few setbacks, I’m hoping this will be the year I swim the channel. I’ve paid my deposit to the boat captain, so the next step is passing the medical! Hopefully all traces of glandular fever have gone now, but I guess they’ll test that.
I remember a while back reading (I think) Alison Streeter’s blog (Queen of the Channel) that the best advice for swimming the channel is….
“Train like mad, eat like a pig!”
Excellent. One bit of training I particularly enjoyed over Christmas was eating like a pig! I think I may have overdone it it though – I’ll have to find out what fat percentage is ideal, as I’m about 29% at present.
Current schedule is pool swimming only as getting back up to scratch following my back operation. To be honest, the best thing I’ve ever found for relieving backache is a good swim. Since the operation I’ve had no trouble, so went for it after Christmas.
As ever, I probably overdid it. I did 120 lengths one night, and kept doing more until I was up to 250 lengths. At the time it felt OK, but a week doing it with a cold certainly wasn’t bright and I found myself getting overtired.
So for the time being, I’m going 120 lengths a night. Next week I’ll do 130 lengths a week and so on. Gentle increments, although frustrating, seems to be the way to get up to high numbers consistently, without getting burned out!