Friday, 31 December 2010
This will be my last posting on this BLOG (I'll be keeping another in 2011) so a few thankyou's to wrap up...
Thanks to everyone who has supported me with a donation to either The Isaiah Trust or the RNLI... You know who you are and that you're money will be used wisely and well by the charity recipients. Your support was a massive motivator for me in helping covering the runs and swims and put in the training in order to finish in a half decent time! Thank you!
Thanks to Nicky and Tim for letting me run for the Isaiah Trust in 2010! Keep up the fantastic work! I hope I can help you out again in 2011!
Thanks to Lisa, Chloe and all at the RNLI for allowing me to fund raise again for the RNLI and all the help and organisation you gave (particularly being at the Salford swim after the Great North Swim was cancelled)... But mostly for the RNLI being there when I needed you! A debt I feel will never be truly repaid!
Thanks to the Uswim / Uberfit team for the coaching and open water swimming training sessions and for helping me to discover a new passion in open water swimming... Love it!
Thanks also to Karen and the girls for your support and for just being there! xxx
I'm planning on bigger fund raising events for both the Isaiah Trust and the RNLI next year... Watch this space!
It's been good keeping a training blog again this year... It really has been a great motivator in it's own right, if only to avoid the guilt of long spaces between training sessions! I hope you've enjoyed it! :-)
Happy New Year all!
Tuesday, 14 December 2010
Saturday, 4 December 2010
Sunday, 28 November 2010
Probably my worst 10k time... Need to get more miles under my legs before next years Edinburgh Marathon! :-)
Tuesday, 23 November 2010
Saturday, 20 November 2010
Half a mile of good front crawl in 21 minutes which felt comfortable for a change (32 x 25mtr lengths) followed by 45 minutes weight training in the gym :-)
Think I've earned a Saturday night beer now :-)
Tuesday, 16 November 2010
Trying to get a couple of runs in before the RNLI reindeer 10k run on Sun 28th November
Monday, 8 November 2010
Thursday, 4 November 2010
Have entered what I guess will be our final event for this year, the RNLI 10k Reindeer run at Knowsley on Sunday 28th November. Antlers shall be worn ;-)
Thursday, 28 October 2010
Sunday, 24 October 2010
Tuesday, 19 October 2010
Monday, 11 October 2010
Thursday, 7 October 2010
Tuesday, 5 October 2010
Saturday, 2 October 2010
Once home, went out for a run with Karen who wanted to get a big run in for her half marathon training... I ran about 8 miles in 1 hour 25 minutes. Not the fastest time ever but the longest run I've done in months so not too dissapointed. Was absolutely spent at the end of it! Karen however ran on from about 7 miles continuing to cover 13.6 miles!!! Nice one Karen!!! xx
Thursday, 30 September 2010
Having looked at some video of my Salford swim last Sunday and seeing my windmill arms and head too far out of the water when breathing, I tried to focus a bit more on the technique this evening. Felt better but turned out to be a lot slower, covering the mile in a surprising 44minutes! Gonna miss these sessions! Roll on Spring! :-)
Sunday, 26 September 2010
Had a fantastic day today at the inaugural Great Salford Swim with not a spot of Blue Green Algae in sight!
Home ground for me having trained here with Uswim and a great venue for spectators. Karen and the girls followed me around the course shouting encouragement which was fantastic although I couldn't really wave back to show how much it was appreciated!
At the begining of this year I struggled to swim more than a few lengths of front crawl. I can't believe I managed to complete the course today let alone in a new personal best of 37 minutes and 20 seconds (I'd been hoping to get under 40 mins)!
Most importantly though, another £1,365 has been raised for the RNLI!
Thanks everyone for both the moral and financial support! Both have equally been important and I couldn't have done it without you!
The donation page will remain open for a couple of months so not too late to make a donation if you would like to... http://www.justgiving.com/daves-rnli-swim
Thursday, 23 September 2010
Monday, 20 September 2010
Sunday, 19 September 2010
Thursday, 16 September 2010
Saturday, 11 September 2010
Thursday, 9 September 2010
Tuesday, 7 September 2010
The Dress down day at work last Friday has raised another £249! Fundraising total today stands at a whopping £1,329!! Thanks everyone!!!
Some training too this evening. 45 minutes weight training and 400 metres swimming at Total Fitness this evening
Sunday, 5 September 2010
Saturday, 4 September 2010
Dock 9 was open and with very clear water had a great session covering a mile in 42 minutes feeling much better than my first swim here last week. Also had my first swim with ear plugs... What a difference! I had been getting quite light headed at the end of these swims but a friend told me he'd had the same problem and had been told it was vertigo caused by water sloshing around his ears and that ear plugs had erradicated it... Well, they work! Thanks Martin!
Friday, 3 September 2010
Thursday, 2 September 2010
After finishing what I thought was my last open water training swim before the Great North Swim this evening (800mtrs at Boundary Water Park) I got an e-mail from the Great Swim organisers to say the Great North Swim scheduled for this weekend has been postponed due to health concerns regarding a blue-green Algae bloom... Gutted!
The Good News: Entered the Great Salford Swim :o)
They're hoping to rearrange the Great North Swim for another date in 2010 but just in case, I've entered the Great Salford Swim too (or instead)! It's a mile in Salford Quays at 1pm on Sunday 26th September!
So... You can still sponsor me via the same RNLI Just giving link, and hopefully this will be acceptable for all those who have already supported me... You may even get a '2 for 1' deal if they do rearrange the Great North Swim!
Every cloud has a silver lining and all that!
Wednesday, 1 September 2010
Tuesday, 31 August 2010
RNLI fund raising total today stands at £716 :-) Thanks everyone!
Monday, 30 August 2010
Had a major boost to the fundraising this week too with the folk at Gimblet Rock holiday park in Pwllheli donating £76 by way of sponsorship for my RNLI Great North Swim! Many thanks not only to the many folk who have donated but also Lynsay, Zoe, Kevin and Carl for organising this additional fundraising! Total today stands at £611! :-)
Saturday, 28 August 2010
Thursday, 26 August 2010
All went well completing the mile in 43 minutes :-)
Wednesday, 25 August 2010
Tuesday, 24 August 2010
Sunday, 22 August 2010
Just back from a fortnight family holiday :-) Managed a couple of sessions in the gym, some swimming, snorkelling and diving and too much food!
Back to the training... Did a 4 mile run today with Karen which didn't feel too bad.
Kicked off the RNLI Great North Swim fundraising in earnest just before I left and the fundraising total as of today stands at £500 already! A massive thankyou to all those who have already donated!
The swim is in just under two weeks time and the donation page can be found here if you'd like to contribute ~ http://www.justgiving.com/daves-rnli-swim
Thursday, 5 August 2010
Followed it up with a 'wash' and play in the pool at the Sub-aqua club training session with my daughters afterwards (Eau de lake is never a good smell!)... Underwater frisbee football is also fantastic fun!
Tuesday, 3 August 2010
Monday, 2 August 2010
Thursday, 29 July 2010
Tuesday, 27 July 2010
Thursday, 22 July 2010
Wednesday, 21 July 2010
Monday, 19 July 2010
Thursday, 15 July 2010
Thursday, 8 July 2010
Tuesday, 6 July 2010
Monday, 5 July 2010
Thursday, 1 July 2010
Did 45 minutes weight training at Total Fitness tonight followed by half a mile swim (32 lengths of their 25 metre pool). Mixed front crawl with breast stroke and completed the half mile in 24 minutes. Rounded it off with steam room, plunge pool and 10 minutes in their hydrotherapy pool which was heaven! :-)
Tuesday, 29 June 2010
Monday, 28 June 2010
Saturday, 26 June 2010
Friday, 25 June 2010
Wednesday, 23 June 2010
Hoping to try and make this a regular training session and also get out into open water a few more times to get over the psychological factor of swimming without seeing the bottom or sides!
Sunday, 20 June 2010
Thursday, 17 June 2010
In an Iron man like challange ;-), I then swam half a mile at sub-aqua club! Pleasingly, 30 of the 32 x 25 metre lengths were front crawl! Completed in about 25 mins. The front crawl really does seem to have clicked!
Monday, 14 June 2010
So, this evening I decided to go for a swim and really work on the front crawl which I've previously only been able to manage a few lengths of. Anyway, this evening something just 'clicked'!
I swam 20 lengths of front crawl at Bannatyne's 20 metre pool before having a 2 length breather on breastroke, a further 8 lengths front crawl followed by another 2 length breastroke breather and the final 8 lengths of my half mile target on front crawl (so 36 lengths of front crawl in total!). Completed the half mile in 26 minutes feeling much more positive about my ability to actually complete the mile in Lake Windermere which is now only 12 weeks away!
Just a reminder that this is to raise funds for the RNLI to help maintain their coastal presence and specifically the Abersoch crew who came to my aid following my sailing accident in 2007... You can sponsor me here if you wish! ~ http://www.justgiving.com/daves-RNLI-swim
Saturday, 12 June 2010
Brought the sub-aqua club ( http://www.vale-royal-divers.co.uk/ ) to our weekend haunt of Abersoch this weekend to do some scuba diving around Abersoch and Pwllheli!
A fantastic weekend's diving!
Relatively shallow diving but increadibly clear (+10 metre underwater visability) and warm waters (17'c) made for some lovely dives!
Thursday, 10 June 2010
Ended up running just under 5 miles (4.7) Down Crewe Rd, along the canal to Malkins bank golf course and back home via the wheelock rail trail... Didn't note the exact times but about 40 minutes.
Saturday, 5 June 2010
Wednesday, 2 June 2010
Tuesday, 1 June 2010
Tuesday, 25 May 2010
Friday, 21 May 2010
Wednesday, 19 May 2010
Sunday, 16 May 2010
Met up with the guys from the IT team before hand (L-R Chris, Rob, Karl, myself and Karen)
And ran much of the way round with them. Finished in a respectable 49 minutes and 33 seconds... Pleased to manage to get under 50 mins again!
Karen blasted her 'under an hour' target finishing in 52 mins and 04 seconds (and this is only the second time she's run this distance)!
Met up with Rachael (the other member of our work's IT team) at the end along with the rest of the girls...
All told have raised £290 on my own donation page and another £1,153 with the IT team I work with :-)
Karen has raised £630 so all in all a great fund raising experience for a very worthwhile cause! Thanks everyone for your support and generosity!
Rounded off the day with a BBQ and well earned beers back at ours afterwards!
Thursday, 13 May 2010
Tuesday, 11 May 2010
Fundraising for the trust is going well too! £280 as of today and not too late to sponsor me ;-)
My GMR pack arrived today, running in the 'white wave' as are most of the other team runners from work.
So, all in all, I'm ready as I'll ever be! :-)
Sunday, 9 May 2010
Karen hasn't run 6 miles yet and really wanted to before the big day so having planned a route on Map My Run we set out on seven mile run but with a clear point where we'd hit six miles and perhaps walk back from there.
Ran up through Sandbach to the Romping Donkey in Hassall, around Malkins Bank golf course and picked up the Wheelock rail trail completing a non stop six mile run in 58 minutes and continuing the 7 mile run back to our home in 1 hour 10 minutes.
Quite a gentle pace but felt excellent afterwards and good for Karen to know she can run the 10km in under her target time of an hour. :-)
Friday, 7 May 2010
Before the GMR last year I'd done 15 runs, 7 of which were over 6 miles. So far this year I've done 14 runs (latest this evening), of which 3 have been over 6 miles with another coming close at 5.6... So I guess my long run training just hasn't been the same! I intend to get another couple of long runs in before next week but this evening settled for a 3 mile stretch, completing this in just under 25 minutes and felt good at the end of it.
Aiming to do circa 7 miles on Sunday and perhaps again next Tuesday or Wednesday... I'll then 'taper' for the weekend and hope for the best! :-)
Thursday, 6 May 2010
Tuesday, 4 May 2010
Tuesday, 27 April 2010
Sunday, 25 April 2010
Grey cloud and a light breeze made for a lovely run! 5.6 miles in 55 minutes followed by a cool down on the rocks overlooking the sea... It doesn't get better than this!
Friday, 23 April 2010
Wednesday, 21 April 2010
Saturday, 17 April 2010
Monday, 12 April 2010
Thursday, 8 April 2010
Tuesday, 30 March 2010
Monday, 29 March 2010
Thursday, 25 March 2010
Monday, 22 March 2010
Tuesday, 16 March 2010
Saturday, 13 March 2010
Thursday, 11 March 2010
Sunday, 7 March 2010
Thursday, 4 March 2010
Swam 800 metres (32 x 25mtr lengths, so half a mile) in 22 minutes, over half of which was front crawl so all in all quite pleased!
Tuesday, 2 March 2010
Tuesday, 23 February 2010
Sunday, 21 February 2010
Saturday, 20 February 2010
Thursday, 18 February 2010
Wednesday, 17 February 2010
Monday, 15 February 2010
Sunday, 14 February 2010
Tuesday, 9 February 2010
Monday, 8 February 2010
Thursday, 28 January 2010
To mark the event, I'm launching my RNLI funraising for this year "Starting Off Swimming"... I decided that I could put this swimming training in lieu of running to good use and so have now got my confirmed entry for this years Great North Swim. It's a mile in Lake Windemere at 2.30pm on Saturday 4th September!
Catch more about the event here ~ http://www.greatswim.org/Events/British-Gas-Great-North-Swim/
You can support me here if you want ~ http://www.justgiving.com/Daves-RNLI-Swim