Thursday, November 29, 2007

Long break

So I haven't posted in a long time, but then again I haven't been swimming much either! I've had a chest infection for the last 4 weeks and eventually got an antibiotic last week for it. So I decided to go for a swim on Monday, I was staying in Dublin in a lovely hotel and figured that I wouldn't waste the facilites! Bad idea. I swam for about 45 minutes, maybe too long after a long break, but I felt fine. However, the cough that seemed to have been just about gone has been back since then. So I think that I need to rest a bit longer before getting back into things. Which is a pity because I was planning to get into the sea this weekend, I'm going down to Sandycove on Saturday and then for a seminar after that Ned Denison is holding for us channel aspirants on Saturday afternoon. Still, I'll head down anyway, meet some more people.

Sandycove is a little coastal area near Kinsale in West Cork for those of you who don't know. There's a group of people who swim there all year round (some wearing wetsuits!) so once I'm enough to, I can swim with them. I went down there about 2 weeks ago to see what was going on and meet some people, I couldn't swim though since I was sick. It was a windy day, the sea was rough, it was freezing cold (even for me with my layers of clothes on) and 4 people still got in to swim, 2 with wesuits, 2 without. Afterwards then (and this is the part of the plan that I like!) they went back into Kinsale and went to a leisure centre to use the hot tub for a while. Sounds like a good plan after swimming in about 11degree C (52degrees F) water for over half an hour!

Anyway, while it all seems rather crazy, I'm still looking forward to getting in to the sea! Or even back into the pool would be good at this stage!! Another week or so and I'll try again....