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