Swimming the Thames – Daily Diary Entry – Day 06

BLOG POST – DAY 06 – 18.13.2016

Started: 10:05
Finished: 17:00 ish
Swimming Time: Not sure… 
Daily Distance: 13km – 520 Lengths
Total Distance: 79.25km – 3150 Lengths

Day 06 – Clifton Bridge to Wallingford

Oh my flipping hell!! Today was the hardest yet. Stopped earlier than planned as there’s a physio here in Wallingford, and it felt like the right decision. Huge huge huge thanks for Dave who came down and swam with me, I’m not sure I could have done it without you buddy, you really pulled me along. It was his longest ever swim also – he is swimming Lake Windemere in 3 weeks time – A Swim to Remember. And for Dave who stood on the bank and cheered me on with Orryn.. And to Dave who kayaked with me… Lots of Daves today. Not forgetting Josh and my dad, thanks for all the support today and throughout, I wouldn’t be able to do it without you.

I changed my routine up a bit today to work different muscle groups. This is because my muscles are tired in specific front crawl places, because of this my breaststroke is now the same speed. This was my routine today.

30mins front crawl
– 5mins food break
15mins breast stroke
15 front crawl
– 5min break
5min backstroke
10mins breaststroke
15 mins crawl…

Then repeat.

I wasn’t feeling right for the second portion of the day, feeling bit sickly.. I thought the illness feeling was just a sign of physical exhaustion. After finishing the day I couldn’t get anything down, which is unlike me. And, also I wasn’t able to really eat much on the last hour of the swim.

I was just waiting in the pub with Kayaker Dave and as we left I had to sprint back to the toilets and just made it to the loo where I preceded to chuck up my guts. Oh man, I feel so much better for it now… Is it full blown Thames Tummy or will it go? Will just play it by ear and see. Fingers crossed this is the worst of it. Still feeling good an hour or so after, will see how the food sits once I’m back.

Other than that feeling (relatively) good – I’m a 6 out of 10 I’d say (we’ve been using this number system to quickly relay how things are going to Josh – 10 being on top of the world and 1 being almost dead. Relieved I’ve got day 6 under the belt. Woo! Now time for food and sleep.


Swimming the Thames – Daily Diary Entry – Day 05

BLOG POST – DAY 05 – 17.13.2016

Started: 11:00
Finished: 19:50
Swimming Time: 6.5hrs
Daily Distance: 15.5km – 620 Lengths
Total distance: 66.25km – 2650 Lengths

Day 05 DONE! Sandford Lock to Clifton Bridge

I felt like a train had run over my back this morning, and putting the wetsuit on felt like it was literally piecing me back together.
Woke up late as my phone turned off in the night, so started late and it was a bloody long day. I felt like an old car. Struggled to get going, but once going was doing pretty well.. First three hours flew by. Here onwards it got tougher and the engine, although good was spluttering somewhat. I stuck it out and swam for 6.5 hours, I was much slower than yesterday and really feeling the 17km from the day before too. Finished at Clifton lock at 7.50, right at the campsite.
Our routine is getting slicker, but it still a long day. And after things are set up for the next day, we’ve eaten and showered etc we are basically in bed and ready for the next day… On that note, I’m off to sleep.

Thanks for all the support 🙂 we got some free sweets and loads of donations today from the riverbank.