Lake Windermere

Lake Windermere

Monday, 27 January 2014


Well the New Year seems long, long ago and so the count down to my Channel date begins. It was a bit comforting to say that I was in the Channel "next year", now it is just over 6 months!

I have really powered up the training, gym and pool. I have never used gym work along side the pool before and I am really enjoying it. I am amazed how much more I can can do in the gym in just 3 weeks. I am now back into the grind of 3 hour swim sessions. Today I did both pool and gym. Parents night tonight. I will try and stay awake.

The river calls, but it is really, really high at the moment and too dangerous, even for me.

Good to see Lorde got a couple of Grammies. She comes from my part of Auckland. A local girl done good. Besides myself, she is the only other person that I've seen that suits black lipstick.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014


Now I know dear reader that you have been holding your breath waiting to see which rock song topped the 1000 best songs of all time. The results have been announced.

1 Sweet Home Alabama
2 Stairway to Heaven
3 Hotel California.

There you go. Can't argue with that.

Now back to boring things like swimming. Actually I have joined the gym to do CV work. Loving it, all that sweat and lycra and that is only me! Gearing up now for my Channel relay and back into the pool to do the hard work.

Yesterday I saw 2 otters in the river at Market Harborough. It was one of the most amazing things that I have seen and I watched them play and feed for 30 minutes. I am easily pleased.

Friday, 3 January 2014


Happy New Year dear readers.

What a year 2013 was. Two Channel swims and well over 1 million metres covered in training. Now onto 2014!

This year I am swimming the Channel again, this time as part of a relay for Diabetes U. K. The swim is booked for the week of 11-18 July. I still have Alcatraz on the books but that depends on time and money!

I have just returned from the U S A where I started my training for this year. I have banged on before about the facilities over there so I won't repeat myself, but I am so impressed with what the pools over there offer. It is so nice to swim without having to dodge children and old people!

I have the 4 Hills ski jumping on at the moment. How do you learn to do that? Surely they just don't get up and jump off. I have never seen small ski jumps in Europe, just the giant ones!

Washington 100.3 FM have been playing the top 1000 rock songs of all time. I can't get it over here. Can someone let me know the number 1 song.


Setting off. 7am. Only 13 and a half hours to go!