Swim possibly 2 weeks away, weather allowing... best I get some more training in! (and a few pies).
Training is actually going ok, did 4 hours last weekend and felt strong. Next week I will be doing a number of 3 hours swims in a lake which will add strength and speed.
At the moment, the biggest risk is the cold. Because I am doing so much training, the weight is falling off me and I am struggling to eat enough.
Weekend before last I went up to Ireland to do a test swim, climbed in 1 mile off-shore, swam directly at the shore for 1 hour and .... finished up 1 mile off-shore. Oops. Didn't exactly go as planned, but we did learn from it. The currents are so much stronger than I imagined, just mind blowing! When I was stopping next to the boat to take a feed during the 1 hour swim, I was travelling at times at 10.6km per hour! and I wasn't even swimming!
The biggest surprise was the jellyfish. I knew there would be some, but it was the massive number that was, quite frankly, terrifying. I was seeing a big jelly fish every 20 to 30 seconds. Most were down around 5 feet and therefore not a problem, but now and again there would be one near the surface and I would need to swim around them. I really didn't want to be stung and kept looking forwards.... by the end of the 1 hour swim I had a very sore neck. Can't do that for the 9 hours. So need to find an alternative solution.
Fund raising is picking up, the company next door to our office is owned by an incredible guy called Kevin Dougall (he owns D-media and the Red Lion Pub in St Margaret's at Cliffe) who heard about the swim and overnight is sponsoring about £2000 worth of kit / collateral etc to help Community Rescue Services raise money. Humbling.
Can't wait... am both excited and terrified!
Wayne likes pork pies and Guinness. He likes routine and predictability. He loves his family. He's 40+, short(ish), balding and battling with waistline expansion. He's been known to occasionally play a good round of golf, likes to tinker with 'stuff' and has rescued a group of friends from the African wild by fixing a Land Rover with a jellybaby.
He's never been a great fan of physical exertion. In short (apart from the jellybaby incident), Wayne is an ordinary person. And he's about to do something really amazingly, astoundingly and astonishingly extra-ordinary. He's going to swim the the treacherous, never-been-swum-before channel between Kintyre (Scotland) and Ballycastle (Ireland). For charity. This is his story.