Guildford 24 hour swim
Well, the day is over and I did not complete the entire 24 hours but I did half of it and felt fit enough to have carried on but I had a meeting to get to the following day and it was due to get very cold over night. The thing with training at the moment is that I don’t want to overdo it on the swimming as this is my strong point. I’d rather just maintain a steady level of ability and know that I can get across the Channel. My difficulties are going to be come apparent during the run so it would be best to do the hard training on my running. However, again, it is a bit of a gamble doing a lot of running as there is the possibility that you could get injured with all the pounding on your joints.
Getting back to the swim, I started off at 9:30am on 26th April. The air was still very cold and even stripping off to my swimsuit was extremely uncomfortable. I got into the pool which was apparently only 17 degrees and began my first mile. It did get nice and warm after a couple of lengths but as soon as you left the water the air temperature just hit you hard. The first 4 hours were horrible. I was so cold in between swims and the feelings of nausea were hard to kick off. After about eight hours these difficulties began to subside, but by this time the sun was starting to set and the air temperature was also dropping. I made the decision a about nine miles that I was only going to do half the distance as I was having no fun and I was worried about my dad being able to drive me to Bournemouth for our meeting on the Saturday.
However, when I left I did feel really comfortable having used the hot tub and the heated tent. My arms were still strong and had there been more at stake I could have quite easily carried on. I wish I could have finished and it is a rare thing for me to pull out of something early, but on this occasion I think that it was a decision well made and I still feel extremely confident about the summer’s events.
Well done to everyone who finished a very tough event. I will definitely be back in 2015 and I will be treating it as a major event for that year so that I can see it through to the end :0)