First off December, standard. Loads of cold dark sea swims! I was supposed to be doing a cold km in Portishead lido, it was 6.5 degs and would have been the perfect step down…but a lady had a problem with her recovery on a shorter swim and the rest of the event was cancelled! Did manage to get a second place in the 33m butterfly first tho!!!
British Ice Swimming champs just after the new year so focus now is to try and go cold…which is proving difficult as the freshwater isnt much colder than the sea…and its all too warm! Did a km the other day in keepers pond at 6.4 degs which was pretty good…but the forecast is a freeze before the weekend so fingers crossed it wont be too cold!!
Right, review of the year. 2017 was a bit of a silly total. 2018 crushed it. Garmin officially got 830km, 531 of that was open water. I’ve done a bit more in my endless pool…but garmin have updated the app so i cant fudge it anymore! That’s a big number and I’m super happy with it. One of the really scary things for the channel was the cold and I’ve proved to myself I ca deal with that this year. One of the really interesting graphs is distance verses temperature. Always a difficult one to know how far you can push it in the cold but there are some pleasing distances on there! Also proved I can handle quite a silly training load as long as I’m sensible! There’s a lot of great stuff this year that gives me loads of positivity for the sillyness of 2019! Some really memorable swims this year, roll on 2019!
Edit; stumbled across a meme today that highlighted the difference between 99% over a year and 101%. Time to crack on!
.99^365 = 0.255
1.01^365 = 37.783