Saturday 13th June 2015

2000m 41:41 (NOMAN Ibiza-Barcelona, swim session 5)

*32 days until the race*

I had today all planned out! It was going to look a little bit like a rowing session in the morning followed by housework, shopping and a bit of relaxation before a long swim in the evening before dinner. Alas, life tends to happen when you make plans and it really doesn’t care about them.

So, I woke up late at 1100hrs and felt pretty demotivated! Before I’d even fully woken up I knew the plan had changed – no morning row. I got straight into some life admin, wrote an article about the race for my old school and then went to buy some food for the week. When I got home I decided to cook dinner before heading to the pool so I wouldn’t have to do it when I got back – I had started to perk up at this point and was even feeling pretty good about coming home post-swim, cracking on with some of my Navigation & Safety course and then eating some dal before a watching a few episodes of The X-Files (yes, I am a geek).

I jumped into the pool and clicked into nice rhythm and pace very quickly. I knew I would only have an hour to swim as there was a club meet set to take place between 1800-1930hrs so I figured I would be able to cover about 2 miles in this time. The lanes I was using had only one other swimmer and our patterns meant we crossed in the middle of each lap – he was heading up the pool, I was heading down which makes for a more relaxed and confident swim knowing that you won’t have to try to pass anybody or move out of the way for anybody.

Obviously something didn’t go quite right though. I noticed at around 1720hrs that I was the only person remaining in the pool and that the line dividers had been set out for the club meet. I just kept my head down and kept on swimming, still feeling confident that 2 miles would be in the bag no later that 1805hrs. As I touched the wall at lap 65 (1 mile) I was told I would have to get out of the pool. I just looked up and said “I’m training here, I was told I would have until at least 1800hrs to complete my swim”, I then turned and made off onto lap 66. At lap 70’s wall touch I was again interrupted and asked what I was doing. As there was still nobody in the pool and only club marshals milling around socialising I ignored this question and carried on swimming. I was getting a little bit peeved, and a little bit faster as a result. But, best laid plans and all…when I got to lap 75 I called out to the guard that kept interrupting me that I’d be done in 5 laps. So much for 2 miles but at least I got 2km in.

I should probably stop typing now and crack on with my Navigation & Safety Course before dinner. Tomorrow is ergo day – at least I know I’ll be able to row for 2 hours uninterrupted!

NOMAN raises awareness about the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) related cancer epidemic in men and women, and campaigns for universal HPV vaccination, while challenging participants to extreme endurance races across the world.

NOMAN raises awareness about the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) related cancer epidemic in men and women, and campaigns for universal HPV vaccination, while challenging participants to extreme endurance races across the world.

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