Swimming the Channel – Aspire, #f450 the next challenge…

When I finished the Great East Swim I knew I wanted to make sure I carried on exercising, but wasn’t sure what to do next. I am now a regular at the gym, pool and Fritton Lake and cycle to work.  However, come the Autumn the lake will no longer be possible and heavy weather can reduce the cycling days. It seems impossible that could be the case, as it is currently blisteringly hot here.  However, living on the edge of a prairie means winds that whip up and make the cycling commute very hard work.

When I asked blog readers and twitter friends for suggestions several were put forward, including swim the Channel. Then a fellow Fritton lake swimmer and member of Sport Suffolk sent me a link to the Aspire Channel Swim.  The basic idea is to swim the 22 miles that equate to a Channel swim, over 12 weeks in your local pool.  You raise money for Aspire, a charity which works with people who have spinal cord injuries. They send you a kit in super quick time, which includes a hat and fund-raising pack.  Then between 13th September and 5th December you plough up and down your local pool.  For me this will equate to 148 lengths a week.

This is the challenge for me; it will keep me swimming at a decent rate, during a time when outdoor activities become more difficult.  It will set me up ready for training for next year’s Great East Swim and I have another challenge that I might add next summer; more later if I decide to commit.  The charity is certainly one I support and will be my Christmas Charity this year.  I have set up a JustGiving page here if you are interested in donating.

Anyone else up for it?  If you want some music to whet your appetite – try this playlist, which I have used before


Posted on July 9, 2010, in #f450, swimming and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. The Playlist in full for non Spotify users

    Laura Marling – Alas I Cannot Swim
    Relaxation – Ambient – Along The Swimming Pool (Le Long De La Piscine)
    The Whispertown 2000 – Atlantis
    Mum – Behind Two Hills…A Swimming Pool
    Elvis Presley – Bridge Over Troubled Water
    Chicane – Bruised Water (Michael Woods Edit)
    Bobby Freeman – C’mon And Swim
    Aim – Cold Water Music
    Laura Marling – Crawled Out Of The Sea (Interlude)
    The Big Pink – Crushed Water
    David Gray – Dead In The Water
    Portishead – Deep Water
    Seal – Deep Water
    Flood Of Red – Don’t Sleep, Swim
    PJ Harvey – Down By The Water
    Antony & The Johnsons – Dust And Water
    Mum – Faraway Swimming Pool
    Bloodhound Gang – Fire Water Burn
    Coldplay – Glass Of Water
    Foals – Heavy Water
    Black Stone Cherry – Hell and High Water
    Seabear – I Sing I Swim
    Eluvium – Indoor Swimming At The Space Station
    Badly Drawn Boy – Intro/Swimming Pool Part 1
    Veil Of Maya – It’s Not Safe To Swim Today
    Brand New – Jaws Theme Swimming
    Laura Veirs – Lake Swimming
    Arthur Russell – Let’s Go Swimming
    Arthur Russell – Let’s Go Swimming – Walter Gibbons Remix
    Foals – Like Swimming
    Norma Jean – Like Swimming Circles
    Elvis Presley – Moonlight Swim
    Incubus – Oil And Water
    Live – Run To The Water
    V V Brown – Shark In The Water
    The Delgados – Sink Or Swim
    Mum – Sleep/Swim
    Deep Purple – Smoke On The Water (1971 Recording)
    The Notwist – Solo Swim
    Delain – Start Swimming
    Summer Hymns – Start Swimming
    Erlend Bratland – Still Water
    William “Bootsy” Collins” – Summer Swim
    In Flames – Swim
    Madonna – Swim
    Jack’s Mannequin – Swim
    Bic Runga – Swim
    Ralph Falcon – Swim (With The Dolphins)
    The Owens – Swim For The Trees
    David Fonseca – Swim II
    Morten Abel – Swim Like A Fish
    Little Dragon – Swimming
    The Wave Pictures – Swimming
    The Court and Spark – Swimming Endlessly
    Jeniferever – Swimming Eyes
    Meat Puppets – Swimming Ground
    Siouxsie And The Banshees – Swimming Horses
    Bluetech – Swimming In A Feverdream
    Owl City – Swimming In Miami
    Robbie Gennet – Swimming In The Fire
    Passion Pit – Swimming In The Flood
    Julien Jabre – Swimming Places [Original Mix]
    Freezepop – Swimming Pool
    Kate & Anna McGarrigle – Swimming Song
    Vetiver – Swimming Song
    Tahiti 80 – Swimming Suit
    Tsunami Bomb – Swimming Through Molasses
    Falling Up – Swimming Towards Propellers
    Popface – Swimming Triplets
    Ricky Van Shelton – Swimming Upstream
    Solar Fields – Swimming With Stones
    The Rasmus – Swimming with the kids
    Japan – The Experience Of Swimming
    Remember Remember – The Swimming
    Loudon Wainwright III – The Swimming Song
    Feist – The Water
    Bright Eyes – Train Under Water
    Bob Dylan – Wade In The Water
    Creedence Clearwater Revival – Walking On The Water
    Daniel Merriweather featuring Adele – Water And A Flame
    Handel – Water Music – Air
    Dire Straits – Water Of Love
    Kim Wilde – Water On Glass
    Islands – We Swim
    Busted – Year 3000
    Motörhead – You Better Swim
    Kristiina Wheeler – Your Swimming Trunks

  2. Good goal to keep you moving towards F450

  3. I’m going to send the link to my friend in Colchester who swims quite a bit so I will encourage her and you from the side of the pool. Off you go now, you can do another length etc etc!

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