Friday, March 27, 2009

Swimtrek Countdown

It's been a really fun couple of weeks with everyone finding out about my big plans! Some people have been surprised, many suspected something was going on anyway with all the extra training I've been doing. Everyone has been really supportive though which is great-I've had lots of encouragement and offers of help-people offering to keep me company during my long swims in the summer and even a couple of people offering me boat/kayak support so that I can do some longer swims or get away from Sandycove for a bit (although I'm dying to get down there full-time now, I'm sure I'll get tired of it fast when I'm spending hours there every day!). It's been really great to have such a positive reaction. I've even got a few big donations on my charity page, which is great...keep those coming!

The next big thing in my training is the Swimtrek long distance training camp, which starts this Sunday. So I'm currently in Malta...I travelled here yesterday to get a couple of days of sun before the camp starts! It's beautiful here, the weather is like nice Irish summer weather-not quite as warm as I would like but it is only March! And it's looking like it's going to get nicer over the next few days, which is good. I've already got tanlines from the last two days anyway so it's probably a good thing that it's not any warmer! The sea looks gorgeous you can see from the pictures below...clear and sparkling today (although I didn't venture further than sticking my toes in yet-it wasn't quite as warm as I was hoping for-I'm sure it will be lovely for swimming but not for paddling anyway!).

Beautiful clear water in Malta!

Back in August I talked with Julieann about Swimtrek, at that stage I was thinking that it would be a good boost to my training and it would be nice to have a bit of a holiday too! When she said that she was thinking of doing the long distance camp too we decided to try to book in for the same week. So we meet our Swimtrek guides on Saturday to talk about the week and also about our swimming plans for the year and our reasons for doing the camp. Then on Sunday we have a stroke analysis session where they video our stroke above and under water. I haven't had that done in a few years now so it should be interesting! On Monday we have two swims-not sure yet how long they're going to be-they say that the distance will vary according to the swimmer and what they are training for...but I'm guessing they won't be too long since we have our 6-hour swim on Tuesday. That was one of my main reasons for doing the camp-we get our Channel qualitifation swim swim out of the way nice and early in the year. I'm looking forward to that, it's so long since I've done a decent length swim in the sea. It's not going to be an easy swim I'm sure but I'm not worrying about it-I've done longer in the pool and I know that I'm going to have much longer swims to face this summer so I'm just taking each one as it comes, no point in stressing over a training swim I figure! Wednesday and Thursday are gonna be more or less recovery swims after that I think. Hopefully we should find out more tomorrow evening about distances and stuff...

I'm really looking forward to this week to get lots of time in the sea, it will be a welcome change from blue lines and constant tumble-turning. It will be really nice to be able to really enjoy swimming in the sea for a while without having to think about the cold-it might be getting warmer at home but it's still gonna take a couple of degrees more before it's comfortable to swim in for a decent length of time. And on top of all that it's a break from everything else for 10 PhD, no work, no rushing from one thing to another...all is good :)

The plan for now is to meet Julieann when she flies in tomorrow and head to Gozo, which is a little island off Malta where the camp is based. We've got that meeting tomorrow evening and I'd say we might try to take a dip before then to test the waters so to speak! I'll try to update from the camp during the week...fingers crossed that we'll have internet access over there!

1 comment:

M said...

have a great time Lisa
love Mark N Kelly