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You're gonna need a bigger boat

Greeted with glorious sunshine and a slight Westerly breeze on Tenby north beach last Monday. I met Deanna on the beach laying on my dry robe soaking up the vitamin D.
As I pulled my kit out the dry bag I noticed my tow float was burst! BUGGER!  So gutted as i had that float given to me by chill swim when I swam coniston, I've allready patched it up once so it seems it's not coming back to the Sea with me.
With this in mind we decided to stay real close to shore..... like real close as the Westerly wind had created what was to be a bumpy swim.
We got in and straight away I noticed the chill, but then this time of year I seem to feel it keenly as the sun has warmed you up so it always feels colder getting in....I don't know why.
We swam up the bay towards heart attack steps and than back and I was smiling to myself the whole time, the chop of the waves was lush and so much fun. We turned back around to head back to the steps when all I can describe was a bite/sting to my c…
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inTiTernational ! 😍😍😍

So this morning's swim I met Sian ( my partner in the Bluetits)  in Tenby on north beach.
Sun shining, blue sky with just a touch of a breeze. As we walked along to where we would park our stuff we chatted and in usual Sian style made some noise to get everyone's attention 😂😂
We got into our costumes and as we walked along the sand to the Sea I spotted a man just watching us,  we get that a lot, more in winter obviously 😂 , I greeted him with a "hello" , I got a "hi there" back in an American accent ,he then struck up the usual conversation of "isn't it cold in there" etc  " oh we just love it we replied" . Sian in her usual playful self asked if he'd like to Join us, he hesitated so I chimed in that we'd look after him.
After a few seconds of what we could see was a bit of do I don't I join these mad ladies he agreed and in luck as I'd brought my robbie and towel!
He had shorts on underneath his jogger's s…

Here comes the sun little darlin .....

A little nod to say goodbye winter and sut Mae summer.As I sat on the beach waiting for my pal Deanna to swim I take a look around and see  blue skies and sunshine  and have to acknowledge with a heavy heart that winter is definitely over. It actually brings a tear to my eyes.
I know right? It's sad.....  Well for me it is. I think I have SADS ( seasonal affective disorder) only being sad that winter is finished and summer is beginning. Why?
There's something about the winter that's different about the summer, forgetting the obvious that is 😂 , I like the shivering, I like wearing 20 layers after a swim and looking like the Michelin man, I like wearing my dry robe and wellies to the beach, I like my purple double lined hat with the tails I tie under my chin, I like  getting blue lips, I like getting white hands, I like when people ask if it's cold in there, I like that I can't feel my feet for an hour after my swim,  I like that I shake so much after I end up spi…

Smack my bits up

So after a grueling swim week I get home to news of Keith Flint's death.  It saddened me no end as I have many happy memories of being pregnant with my first child listening to his music and my eldest being in his bouncer jumping up and down to prodigy as I cleaned the house.
I've titled this blog as a nod to Keith but also after reading I think you'll get to the why of it.
RIP KEITH.As always this is my personal journey so what happens is my own doing. Whether you think I'm right, wrong or just plain stupid  I'm hoping you can appreciate my blunt honesty about it.So how is training? Sucks. Wish this sunny weather would do one! Honestly can't a girl catch a break! Too bloody warm mun!
I'm moaning I know.On the upside I've had physio from the lovely Ann Welch AKA The Beast as I like to call her 😂🤣  She's fixed my shoulders with her new hammer. Yes the woman used a hammer on me and I gotta say it was awesome! By the time she got back to my wobbly …

We're all perfectly normal here!

As usual I gotta say that this is my own personal journey into the Ice.
The things I do whether right or wrong is Just my story of what's happening with me and a need to be as honest as possible about it. Good,bad or indifferent.It's Sunday and I've lost my shore person that helps me ( husband) so I've got a different helper today. Jan the angelic dresser has agreed to come help me. It's wierd not having Phil here today but needs must and I know I'm well looked after with Jan and Sian here.
I've packed the gear and made my flask and hot Water bottles up and chucked them in the van with a million layers! I've bought rope and a bouy to mark out a 26 metre course to see if it changes thing's for me.I get to the pond and the ladies haven't arrived yet so I put the thermometer in the water and get the bouy out the van ready.
The temperature is 4.4 degrees, perfect! What isn't so perfect is that sodding lazy wind!Sian and Jan arrive and we set …

January Ice training

Sorry it's been a while since the last blog but as the saying goes "Life gets in the way while you are busy making other plans" or something like that....This is my own personal adventure into the Ice. I'll make mistakes along the way but hopefully learn from them, one can only hope! January has Been up and down for temps and for training. It's been an odd month.
My last 2 session at the pond haven't gone to plan and I've been berating myself ever since. I've been told to stop this by friends or there will be violence, Maddie has that gleam in her eye that she finally gets to crack me one and I'm not going into what sian on crutches can do iether! Last Sunday I met Sian at the pond, she was helping me plot a course for Ice mile. We had done the Google map plotting distance and thought to see how swimming that course would work out. The temp today is 3.9 with that lazy wind again.  The initial faffing of where to start was interesting, Sia…

Winter training week 12th November

This last week has Been so up and down, water temperatures have been so reactive  to the weather at the pond.
At one point it was back up to 9 degree's so quite frustrating but still all good acclimatisation training. This Sunday was cooler. I felt it immediately getting up that morning as we tend not to use the heating, yes I know a cheap skate on paying for heating but all good for environment too eh?😁 I don't have to take my son to work this morning so I get to go early and catch the pond before the sun hits it hoorah! My hubby is not best pleased at this....."FFS woman it's Sunday morning" , so after a bribe he agrees to get a move on and come to the pond with me. I've eaten a good warming breakfast today.....left over curry on toast 😉.. And packed my bag. I've put my swimsuit on underneath my clothes today to be ready and try and limit my faffing.The drive to the pond is always exciting, my tummy rolling with nerve's, I can honestly say I'…