Here we go!!!!

At 10.16 this morning i received the text i have been waiting for. The Captain of the boat and fountain of knowledge on the loch Dave Stark stated via text “Just checked and as discussed with James (Merman and world record holder) tomorrow is on starting from Balloch at 5am”

The weather isn’t perfect but its good enough to make an attempt, knowing if the moody Lady of the Loch doesn’t want us to finish tomorrow we still have a number of weeks to look her in the eye and take her on again.

The car is now packed as you can see from the images, everything bar my peanut butter sandwiches, my buttered Soreen, my High 5 protein drinks and the kitchen sink are ready to roll

Food supplies photo 1

So the alarm is now set for 3.50am tomorrow for an epic adventure – How do i feel? its a totally different feeling to what i experienced with the Ironman, that was the unknown, i feel i know what this will take, the physical element is going to be a challenge and psychological i feel i went into the worst place ever during my Ironman and came through stronger, if i need to deal with these demons again i know what they will be saying and feel i am stronger now to cope with them even more.

My next post will hopefully be a 24 mile report!

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How do you Plan?

How do you compile a training plan for a 24 mile swim?

There are hundreds of books on how to prepare for a Marathon, a Triathlon or even the longer 140.6 milers, which always include some sort of training plan, structured ones that vary in length, “IronMan training in 12 week” the plans (that vary from quality to absolute bullshit, IMO!) that try and make the most extreme challenges look easy.

Lets face it – it isn’t called IronMan because it is easy. Therefore this is where i feel the foundation training plan for the epic swim will have a foundation that I am comfortable with, my plan for Regensburg in 2011.

I have spoken to each of my 2 swim buddies Fi and the Chris “the Shoulders” and we are expecting to complete the swim in approx 13 -15 hours therefore we have decided to base it on the Ironman theory for the following reasons; these are the only training plans that are anywhere near this length of time on the course and more importantly for me – i know this works.
A lot can be said on following training plans, but if you truly believe in a plan the confidence it can give you as you stand at the start is immeasurable.

What has been in place so far? The Loch’s are still too cold to be in any longer than an hour, (Loch Lomond this morning was only 1km in 23 minutes due to decreased temp over the past few days, due to rain and temp drop) therefore the basis of all training up until this month of May as been pool and gym work. Now we are into May the training plan is based on;

May = as many shorter distance swims as possible 1 mile to 2 mile ideally each swim, average of 8 swims per week between pool, sea and Loch’s

June = increase those distances once we remove the ice from the surface of the Loch!! Probably taking individual swims up to the 5-6 mile mark by end of the month

July = increase the distances again further to 8-12 mile swims but break a long swim into shorter 2-3 mile blocks, with break(s) between swims of 10 minutes and nutrition

One of the best pieces of advice i received was “You don’t train to finish an IronMan, you train to be at the start” and this is so true, you need to be in the best shape possible on the day of the event.

I fully believe the planning will be key to whether we are successful in August. We must develop a training plan that meets work / home life balance, but ensures when we walk towards this great Loch early (5am) on that August morning and we truly have the belief that we have done everything we could to take on this challenge.

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