So here's an update from me on what has so far, been a glorious Summer of pretty hardcore fitness enjoyment!
I DID join the triathlon club, which means I have been swimming every weekend pretty much for the last two months, in a lake and I am now feeling much more relaxed swimming in my wetsuit and swimming in open water. It is a fabulous place, a flooded quarry with beautiful aquamarine water, which is so clean and clear. The owner has a lot of fish in there, including some koi carp, who are very nosey when we go swim with them - and I have finally got over my fear of seeing fish in the water with me as I swim (which was silly- of course I should have known I would see fish if I swam in lakes!) There is a marked-out course and safety cover, and we have spent quite a few lovely Sunday mornings at the lake as a family - the children have been having picnic breakfasts by the lake as Dylan and I took it in turns to swim.
|The beautiful lake at Blue Lagoon|
|Me, free-styling home!|
|We share the lake with some big friendly fish!|
Last weekend I took part in the Great Manchester Swim in Salford Quays, which is the third year I have done this event. It was very different this time; in previous years the water has been either 12° or 16° and it has been grey and drizzly. This year, it was beautiful and sunny, the temperature had been close to 30° for several weeks beforehand and the water temperature reached 22°! I had also done far less distance training, compared to previous years, where I had been swimming one mile distances at least once per week in a pool, although I had been swimming around one kilometre, nearly every week in the open water instead.
The organiser took the unusual and unexpected decision to make wetsuit wearing optional and I JUMPED at the chance to experience an open water swim without my neoprene! I knew I would be less buoyant, less streamlined and therefore slower, but I very much have a love/hate relationship with my wetsuit and I am a confident swimmer, so I decided it had to be done!
It was the best decision I could have made - it was amazing swimming in open water, completely free of my wetsuit and I felt as though I was in the pool, but with the sun shining down on me and the brilliant atmosphere of the Quays all around me. Front crawling WAS harder, and I was slower, but it was a fabulous swim and I had a huge grin on my face all the way round! My time was one minute slower than the previous year, which wasn't too bad at all, especially as I am not as swimming-fit this year. I am now looking to swim wetsuit-free again before the heat of the Summer leaves the water, it truly is addictive, invigorating and extremely freeing. I have a weekend in the mountains in Wales up and coming; watch this space!
So much to say, so little time, I shall update again later this week with a cycling and running update - thanks for reading!