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andy in a wetsuit, sexyyyyy!

I don’t know how interested in my life you guys are, but as I mentioned it on Sunday I thought I would follow up with the results from my Great North Swim (which is unusual for me!).

I was pretty nervous before the swim because I don’t really compete in anything, and especially not if it’s a sport. Over the course of the weekend one man died and another remains in a serious condition in hospital after attempting the swim so it is clearly a serious undertaking (there was a lot of safety precautions taken, kayaks everywhere, helicopters, but sometimes bad things happen) but I knew I was well prepared as I had been in the lake since early April doing well over a mile, but all those times I was either on my own (with a supervisor on shore) or with my girlfriend, so it was never competitive. When I entered the water with the 200 other people in my race I honestly thought I’d be sick, adrenaline does strange things to a person! I think I went off too quickly and my arms felt a bit tired by the quarter mile mark which meant I was having to focus on them and manage them from a lot earlier than I had hoped. Despite that I did seem to still be overtaking and passing quite a lot of people and was able to get some space and swim my own race rather than be stuck in the scrum of people kicking each other (that said, I did elbow a woman in the face near the end, sorry pink goggled lady!).

I managed to have a bit of energy left in the tank for the last couple of hundred metres when I was in front of the crowds, though I did lose a bit of time when I reached the exit ramp which was made of plastic that didn’t like my swimming socks, I had to haul myself out on my (now bruised knees). Finishing time was 40:53, slightly outside of my target of 40 minutes but still a good attempt for a first timer, which placed me 3168th our of 12579 swimmers. I had excellent support from family & friends, and I was one of two people with a banner (the announcer even gave HYA a shout out, “what’s Hide Your Arms?”), and also one of two people I saw that was crazy enough to wear a short sleeved wetsuit.

I’ll be back next year for sure, I know I can do better and I look forward to trying. Any HYA readers like getting out in the open water for a swim?


Gone swimming, taking the day off.

by Andy on June 19, 2011

andy swimming in grasmere

I don’t know how much most of you follow my tweets (and therefore my life), but over the past few months I’ve been swimming quite a lot in training for the Great North Swim, a 1-mile open water swimming event that takes place on the longest Lake in England, Lake Windermere (which is actually a mere and not a lake, but that’s a mere technicality).

I’m not the kind of guy to enter into a race without being pushed into it, but this is something I chose to do myself just to see if I could do it (I’m not doing it for charity either, so this isn’t a plea for donations), when I first got in the pool back in September last year I was really pushing myself to finish a kilometre and if I did I felt it the next day, now I can do a mile no trouble and the only reason I stop swimming is because I have somewhere else to be, so I’m quite proud of my progress in the water. Today will kind of be the culmination of that effort (I’ll have to set myself another target for next year), so I hope you’ll forgive me for taking the day off from posting about the latest goings on in the t-shirt world.


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