Swimming for Adventure in 2018 (2019 here)
Swimming started out as something different for me to do, other than cycling. A way to switch off stress, anxieties and noise issues that I was having. You can read the story here. It's a great way to remove yourself from a lot of people, a good way to explore and a good way to challenge yourself. This year is about exploring and doing as many swims as possible. Next year will be about distance.
There's been quite a few highs and lows this year emotionally! It's all coming together with the help of my friends and the need to explore new waters. Temperatures from 0.7°c up to 27.5°c.
For my birthday I did a swim in my local which was 2.5°c for 6 minutes. 15 swims which involved ice over the cold winter, the quest for finding ice was a good adventure. I've done one personal challenge which was an epic 39 kilometres which contained 14 different swimming locations.
Windermere has been pretty green this year so I've not been there so much, on the flip side the tarns in Coniston are the cleanest I've found!
There came a point this year where my fear of jumping into water was overcome. I've done a few and have started also diving (badly) into the water. Both a good test to improve the mind for other tests which may come my way.
While at an event in the Scotish highlands I went past Loch Ness, being so famous it had to be swam in! The water was about 50% clear, a dark tint to it and much darker when it dropped off which was a little scary, I wasn't ready to be gobbled by nessie!
250 swims! Swimming on average every 1.46 days this year!