Well, yes, I’ve made it – 1416 lengths of our local pool, the equivalent of the length of the Channel, and fortunately well within the deadline of 6th December. It’s been a good challenge, which I’d recommend for anyone who wants to get a bit of discipline in their exercising life! The only downside was the lack of duty-free available once I’d finished!
The most lengths swam in one go was 96 – believe me I couldn’t have made the extra 4 lengths to make it to 100, but then I wanted to count in 8’s (never my strongest timetable!) or 16’s….or 4’s or 2’s on desperate days, so that was fine. The most done in a day was probably when I went twice and did 88 both times.
I’m now wondering whether I’ll miss swimming so often, whether I’ll keep it up on a regular basis or whether I’m happy to hang up my suit and not smell like a swimming pool!
Here’s my Aspire Challenge page so you can see how I’ve done, and just on the off-chance someone would like to get a sneaky last minute donation for this very good cause, for which I’d be eternally grateful…. http://www.aspirechannelswim.co.uk/RachelJames
Funniest moment in the pool over the last few weeks was the elderly lady who stopped swimming as we were part way through a length. I stopped too worried that she had a problem to which she replied “I’m stiffening up dear, I need some of that UB40”!! I think she probably meant WD40 but we decided between us that UB40 was perhaps a better idea – Red, Red Wine ought to work wonders on stiffening joints hadn’t it?!
The friend who encouraged me to take up this challenge has also finished. She’s now saying that she’s considering doing there AND back next year. As for me, I’m considering…..looking for new, more sensible friends!