A quick blog, about me and a return to swimming.

After an amazing email that I received on Sunday (10/12/17) informing me that I had been accepted to attend the Oceans of Hope Challenge2018, I knew that I had to test and improve my swimming.

I have not swum at all since Hurghada 2015 and even that wasn’t much, and was the first time I had swam for four years.  So, I planned on making a splash ASAP!

At time of writing, it is my ‘Tysabri week’ and usually the most challenging week for myself when it comes to physical activity. But after the email… No choice Roj!!! Oceans of Hope is going to be an amazing experience, clearly a blog or two by itself.

Back to me! This is where it gets different; a bit. Upon arrival at the gym, for the pool (obviously), I headed to get changed, as one does.

  • Found a locker
  • put 20p in
  • started to get ready there and then
  • had to change into shorts, into disabled changing cubicle
  • needed bag from locker which I got and shut locker
  • got changed and put key around my wrist
  • back to locker THAT WAS CLOSED
  • key off wrist
  • open as 20p drops in locker and hence needing another (by this stage glasses realisation!) that luckily I had
  • finally, into the pool!

The swimming. Off I went, in with a breaststroke fashion. The pool itself was quite quiet which was ideal for me, given the test in hand! I swam! Bit of front crawl and back crawl thrown into the splashy mix as well as I went for my whopping target of 8 lengths.

After 6 I had a little rest, to catch my breath! Harder than I had thought, remembered, or just bad technique? Probably all three! But here’s the but. Given me and numbers (I love them), I of course was adding up the numbers (meters) and all in all nothing to err, write about (!) so I made double figures my new target there and then, and did them! It’s a start!

Happy with that, I got out, showered etc then another challenge. Getting dried and ready in ‘normal’ cubicle. Really not too easy when tired and cluMSy. Honest! Doable yes, just a bit more (quite a bit more) of a faf!

That is that. I WILL be safely ready for next year’s sailingsclerosis challenge!


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