WHERE: Blenheim Palace, Oxford
WHEN: 7th September 2014
Swimming is great – where else can you feel that free without falling? But open water swimming is a whole different experience. Much in the way that I would take running outside over the 'dreadmill' any day, splashing in lakes and rivers and seas is definitely my preference. Unfortunately, open water swim races tend to include a mass start, which is the same type of fun as getting punched in the face in a mosh pit. But with individual starts at Swim Britain, swimmers were given a little more space to get away from any accidental punches and kicks. Unfortunately, there were still a few collisions and one of our team got kicked in the ribs. Not one to give up, she battled on to finish all four of her 250m swims with a new technique that mostly involved moving only one arm.
I haven't timed my revelation well, the open water season has pretty much dried up but if I stay a bit more committed next season, perhaps I can leave the inflatables behind and put a more serious game face on...but still with a smile, of course!