Seventh Day – Going Swimmingly
Sorry for the late posting, but I really had to get on with some overdue real work.
Today my true love has sent swans, swimming. As many of you will already know swimming has become my great love. A twitter message from Stradbroke pool about this time last year led me to enter the Great East Swim and go from being someone who enjoyed swimming in all weathers but head out of the water to a regular open water swimmer and now able to swim crawl face down. You will have seen on the fifth day that I have committed to do the Great East Swim in 2011 and 2012 as my Olympic pledge. I am also hoping to do the Dunwich Dynamo for the first time this year. Somehow I need to integrate long distance cycle training with training for an open mile swim.
Time for me to talk a little more about Janathon. The idea behind Janathon is that people take exercise every day and blog about it, throughout January. One of the things I have learned about myself is that having a target certainly encourages me to take part. I enjoyed the Aspire swim which kept me going through the autumn and early winter. I am hoping that Janathon will help me get into a training pattern for the Great east and the Dynamo, huge thanks to Cathy for coming up with the idea, organising the site and generally enthusing and corralling everybody. When I last checked there were 170+ participants, which is amazing. I fully expect the blogs to be brief but hopefully they will help me to keep track of my diary and progress too.
I had originally hoped to go for a New Year dip tomorrow, but the lass I was hoping to go with is poorly – get well soon Mrs Meramid. Never the less I may go and throw some pebbles in the sea anyway.
A nice safe challenge for you all today (after all if you want to make an exercise commitment go back to Day 5) – take out your crinkle free new 2011 diary and set aside a date to spend time by some water, the sea, a lake, river or waterfall. It is good for the soul. Come back here when you’ve been on your date out and let us know how you feel.
The clip below was my first effort at swimming in a wet suit, on Dartmoor in May. The best bit was sitting in the water afterwards whilst the tadpoles nibbled at my toes.
Before your Russian roulette question here is a little game to warm up with – I quite like this one
Your Russian Roulette Question for today: How did Peder Lykkeberg go about things the wrong way in the 1900 Paris Olympics leaving him with the bronze?
The Playlist for today is here
If you are new to this, a brief explanation. The #12DCP is a virtual Christmas party. A post a day will appear on the Grethica. You respond by way of comments. Each comment creates an entry into my prize draw, for a money can’t buy prize (because it’s mostly stuff that’s been given away by others). The Russian Roulette questions are quiz style questions, the comments you leave to those will be posted at the end of the 12 DCP. However the danger with a Russian roulette quiz is that if you answer a question wrong – all of your answers become null and void. The good news is though you have time to go back and post answers to previous days, right up to the end of the 12th day.
Enjoy – thanks to those that have taken part so far… keep up the good work