It is now the 3rd June 2016 and I am sitting here with a week to go until the window …
The bids are coming in thick and fast for the fantastic offers that One Step Beyond have pledged to us to enable our swim dream become a reality.
If you want to be part of history, and support this epic swim, email your bid to email@example.com
With 16 days to go we would like to welcome One Step Beyond Promotions as the latest member of the OW Ladies Relay family.
One Step Beyond is the team responsible for the award winning Outlaw Triathlon and Outlaw Half, as well as the Cambridge Half Marathon and The Big Swim Nottingham.
“OSB has been organising sports events since 1991. Some of our events, such as the Outlaw and the Triathlon Relays, have won national awards, but what is really important to us is positive athlete feedback.
We are athletes ourselves and aim to think of everything from your perspective in order to put on a safe, enjoyable and memorable race experience – races that we’d like to take part in ourselves”
I am so proud to be able to announce the following items that OSB has pledged to us:
1 x guaranteed place in The Outlaw 2016 prior to race entries opening
1 x guaranteed place in The Outlaw Half 2016 prior to race entries opening
1 x Blue Seventy Fusion wetsuit
1 x TFN £150 voucher
1 x Hi5 sports nutrition (gels) to the value of £360
2 x Zoot trainers to the value of £120
1 x Bike fit at Langdales Lightweights (sponsors of the KGF Dream Team)
5 x Cases of Erdinger alcholholfrei
Offers will be considered as a complete package or as individual items
If you would like to be part of this awesome challenge, whilst grabbing yourself a bargain and ensuring that you will be an Outlaw, please contact us with your offer at firstname.lastname@example.org
On a personal note the first triathlon I ever went to see was the 1st Outlaw Triathlon in 2010, from 2011 I was part of the family and as well as marshalling their other numerous events I also organised the Absolute Triathlon feed station at the Embankment. This tradition has continued and I am also a two time Outlaw finisher competing in 2012 & 2013. Through them I have been able to meet so many inspirations, not only the other family members (marshals) who are awesome, but all the competitors, who range from first time novices to elite competitors and Olympians. I love this! We are all so lucky to be able to come this close to real life heroes (& heroines) and this is why I will stand in the rain and snow and (sometimes) sunshine to cheer every single one of you. I have felt your pain, and your glory J
Finally I would like to thank OSB for their support and belief in our challenge for the Ocean Walker Ladies Relay Team to become the first all female team to attempt this swim and achieve our dreams. “The more you dream, the farther get” (Michael Phelps)
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It has been a while since I last blogged and updated you all on our progress
It is now only 3 weeks until our tide window opens and so much has happened I am struggling with where to start…I think its just going to have to be a case of verbal Diarrhoea 🙂
so here we go
We are privileged to welcome Activities Away, Lincoln, UK on board as one of our sponsors. Steve Poulton has offered us training at the lake and will be sponsoring our swim hats. Vicki and I train there regularly, its a fantastic place with clean, clear, almost drinking water quality water. Fabulous staff, customers and bacon butties to die for! if you are ever in the area you should check it out, give us a yell and we would love to swim with you.
We would also like to welcome One Step Beyond for their brilliant offer of help with raising funds and sponsorship…watch this space!!
3 members of our relay, myself, Sarah Gatland and Louise Stratford joined Clarissa Bruce and Leon Fryer for a 5man English Channel relay on Louise Jane with Andy King and crew last week. We completed the feat in 13 hours and 52 minutes, starting at 03.34 very am. We got to swim into the sunrise, but didn`t see any dolphins. We did encounter jellyfish though. I managed to punch one without seeing it, squeaked then laughed for a long time..I think the guys on the boat thought I had gone mad! There was a huge amount of fun and camaraderie on that boat and I am very proud to have been fortunate enough to join this group of funny and slightly potty people.
We extend our congratulations to the 2 Way North Channel International Relay Team, made up of Ireland, South Africa, Estonia, Finland, Czech Republic and Sweden. Who last week completed the feat we are about to attempt. They left Robie’s point Donaghadee, Co Down at 07:52am 27th July and finished Tuesday 28th July at Orlock Point, Donaghadee Co Down at 1:49pm- Ireland -Scotland-Ireland unofficial time 29hrs: 57mins 23 secs. Congrats to Patrick Corcoran, Henri Kaarma, Ryan Stramrood, Elina Makiinen, Zdenek Tlamicha and Anna Carin Nordin.
We are also in need of a tracker so people can follow our progress..assuming the weather is kind and allows us to go in our tide window of the 21st-25th of August. If anyone could help us with this please let us know here or on our facebook page 🙂
We would like to ask for your help to raise funds for our 3 chosen charities…if you could spare a few pence please help us to help these 3 amazing charities by going to our virgin giving page.
I warned you it was going to be a random jumble of happenings, neediness and out and out begging 🙂 here is one final picture showing just how barking we are
Love these ladies!
Having jumped at the chance to be part of the OW Ladies Relay team, the last thing I expected was to be floating in Windermere with Sylvia and Vicki, being interviewed by Mike Bushell from the BBC. Trying to stay afloat, stay warm and actually focus on producing remotely coherent answers proved to be fairly difficult! Mike said it was one of the nicest interviews he had ever done, I just remember pulling a face at the camera as I floated face first into it and Sylvia is convinced she just repeated everything Vicki and I said. Mike was lovely, a real game for a laugh and he made three camera shy swimmers feel as comfortable as he possibly could.
The setting was beautiful, company sparkling but I wonder what the bride and groom made of a hoard of scantily clad swimmers and a BBC camera crew descending on their wedding at the Lakeside Hotel. The resident swan was clearly not impressed as it aimed a bite at poor Adam Walker’s nether regions!
The afternoon consisted of the following sequence of events:
- We received our great new hoodies from Sylvia and lovely Zoggs gear – thank you Adam, Sylvia and Zoggs!
- Adam’s swim stroke and his beautiful dogs were filmed
- There was an Ocean Walker swim camp lesson, also filmed
- Mike dolphin dived (not advocated by us of course) into the lake in skins and made a fairly sharp dash out for his wetsuit
- Interview and swimming filming when we realised that Mike was swimming and still wearing his shoes!
- Tireless efforts by Andy Watson who responded with good humour to demands for photos, filming, dry robes and warm drinks
- Stripping off in front of the wedding guests – I bet that was more than they bargained for
- As per open water tradition, I managed to get Mike to eat my Bakewell tart
- Mike then fed us chips and shortbread in return (lovely!)
I really don’t know how the interview will come across but I enjoyed a lovely, sunny afternoon with some of my favourite people, swimming, raising our profile, hanging out in our Delta Simons hoodies, eating lovely food and avoiding the bum biting swan.
Well, Saturday the 25th April dawned bright and warmer than expected, everybody arrived at Activities Away lake, Lincoln with cake bribes, sorry I mean rest period snacks 🙂 smiles and a will to do this swim! We had to swim in temperatures below 14 degrees C for 2 hours the a further 1 hour within 12 hours. Kate Channelling Positivity Vines was our overseer, timekeeper and paperwork monitor and would sign us off if we complied with all the rules stipulated by the ILDSA
The first 2 hours seemed a little tough as there was cloud cover and the wind had picked up a little but the determination to reach our goal and not let the team down prevailed and there was a surprising amount of smiling at the end of that 2 hours in 13.5 degrees in only a swimsuit, hat and goggles.
Even more hilarity ensued as we attempted to change our costumes and dress with many cold parts making the whole episode twice as difficult as it normally is! claw hands, frozen top lips and feet that seemed to be made of lumpy plasticine…
bacon butties/cheese paninis, teas, coffees and hot chocolates consumed went a long way to restoring body temperatures and after drop was slight or none existent, with all this we decided that an hour and a half was long enough recovery time to get back in and go for the 3rd hour
so, stripping off we (I would like to say plunged) tiptoed back in to the lake to find it was not as bad the second time around and with the sun coming out qualifying was now becoming a reality
when Kates whistle blew to let us know we had completed the swim there was a huge cheer from all the ladies! We had done it!!! the smiles went from ear to ear. We swam back to the exit point as a group and exited with the pride of knowing we had achieved what we set out to do that day.
I am privileged to have these mentally tough and smiley ladies as my team mates…Bring it on!!!!
Many thanks to all who helped out, with safety, photography, sitting and watching, stroke counting, well being checks and food and drinks provisioning and just cheering us through the challenge, you know who you are and we could not have done it without you…..MASSIVE THANKS!!!
24hour swim next weekend, watch this space
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Hello again 🙂
Although I have reposted Fergal Somervilles piece on our pilot, I have not been in touch for a while. Many things have occurred since I last spoke to you and many things are up and coming making us all be excited and twitchy in equal measure.
At the end of my last sea swim week I managed to trip up some stairs (everyone else would have managed to fall down them!) and damage my good shoulder, get some impressive bottom and thigh bruises….no, I did not take photos!…and just to top it off gave myself a corker of a black eye! having seen the doc, had an x-ray and been to fracture clinic all seems to be ok. I cannot describe the relief knowing I could actually manage some training.
And on the subject of training, I have been sea swimming this week. Using both arms (finally) and being swum into by fish, 2 on the same day! I am still a shrieker it turns out.
The race is now on between the temperature in the lake at Activities Away, Lincoln and our qualifying swim on the 25th of April! it has to stay below 14degrees and its already in double figures.
The following week we are all going to Guildford Lido to join in the fun that is 2swim4life, 1 hour every hour for 24 hours…Now, with the lack of training since all my shoulder issues (operation/stairs) this is going to be a proper mental challenge! fortunately, I am completely mental so I have some hope this wont defeat me a second time.
We are still looking for sponsors for many things apart from our 3 incredible charities, so if you think you or someone you know may be able to help please contact us at email@example.com
and just for fun, we are hoping the jellyfish dont reach this size
and on that note there will be an update after qualifying at the end of the month
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Well, hello and happy New year to you all.
I realise it has been a while since my last blog but many things have occurred and I thought I would wait and tell all at once…..so here we go 🙂
In December I had a great swim week on the east coast followed by christmas and then the boxing day dip at Activities Away lake, Lincoln, and yes I was dressed as an elf! on the 29th I had shoulder surgery and I wanted to wait before I spoke to you again to see how it turned out.
I can say, the NHS were brilliant, I was in and out in a day. I had keyhole surgery for subacromial decompression, sounds terrible right? well they went in and shaved some bone and cut the long head of bicep as it was so inflamed the surgeon could not repair it…that explains the shoulder pain for the last 2 years then! I have given it 2 weeks rest then decided I was going on a job anyway, I may have overestimated my ability to use my arm properly again so soon, but the relief is incredible and now both my shoulders are level.
It will be a couple of months before I can do front crawl again but I am currently at the coast for swim week. Yesterday (thursday) I threw Louise Stratford in to see how choppy the sea was as I didn`t want to get into trouble (get me being sensible!) Temperature was good but the rollers made it more sensible to just have breakfast.
Saturday I joined the Felixstowe swimscapers for a dip, the thermometer read 5.4 degrees, it was fabulous! they are such a great bunch of fun and dedicated swimmers who have embraced helping us with training.
This morning, monday the 19th Louise and I went for an 8am dip. The sea was flat calm, there was frost on the sand and the thermometer said 6 degrees….IT LIED!!!! we have now reached a point in training where it is always painful and will probably remain so for the next few months, hey ho! never mind, it is going to make 12-15 degrees seem like we are in the Bahamas 🙂
So, the shoulder is holding up well, I seem to have lost my ability to tolerate getting in without a serious case of tourettes and I cant wait to torture myself, Louise and maybe Sarah Taylor and Vicki Watson next month…heres hoping I can do front crawl next time and start preparing for the 2swim4life 24hour swim at Guildford lido which defeated me after 17miles in 2013 and is something I have a score to settle with!!
Watch this space
I am a nurse, and I knew that I had a month of night shifts, so I had planned my swim training around them. The plan was to go straight to the gym in the morning, allowing myself time to sleep and recover, as well as get in some quality training. However, as per life, not everything went to plan.
The first week started ok, getting to the gym by 07:30 just in time to see some of my fellow Trent dippers; but halfway through that week I got informed that I needed to attend some training at work, which meant that the following week I would be back on days. This pattern followed me, and rather than working 15 nights over a month in blocks of 5, I worked 1 week of nights, 1 week of days, followed by 1 week of nights and another week of days. I lost track of the date, day and what shift I was supposed to be on. Training stopped, and most of the month was lost
My first proper day shift saw me start a new job role, a promotion and the additional pressures that brings. But I also got back into the pool. I had so missed it. I didn’t look at my training plan, I just swam. The following week it was Christmas, and I knew that I wouldn’t be able to train as much, so I used the week to get myself back into the water. My husband joined me in the pool as well, and we enjoyed drinking coffee afterwards.
I have been able to get a couple of open water swims in, a birthday dip, and with fellow team mates a sea swim at Felixstowe with Louise, and the Boxing Day dip at Activities Away with Caroline.
For at least the next three months I know that I will be working 9 to 5 Monday to Friday, rather than shift work, which means that I can follow my training plan with hopefully no disruptions.
My Training Plan includes before and after work sessions. Swimming at least 4 times a week, 2 runs and flex, pole, kayak and turbo/ run brick session once a week. I am also aiming to travel down to Felixstowe once a month for some sea swimming, and will be back swimming in the River Trent & at Activities Away in March
I know that training plans can’t be fixed in stone, and that I need to be adaptable. And whilst I am used to training on my own, I was surprised about how much I really missed catching up in the changing room with my gym and swim buddies. They may have different focuses, and we are of differing abilities, but we all have the common goal of pushing ourselves to our own personal limits, whilst having fun, and I am glad to be back!
Making the most of the cold weather, I enjoyed 11 minutes in 4.4 degrees river water. The swim was lovely but the dressing afterwards was hindered by severe shakes. Planning a sea swim on Monday- will see if that’s any easier!