Day 1 : Ned Denison’s training camp
Here I go again, last year I was hauled out of the water during swim # 1, by hauled I mean my body and mind had checked out, chilled like a Popsicle, after the swim I was helped out of the water by Ned and my sister Robbin and wrapped in what is now my favourite blanket, it has a big lion on it and for some reason it is very comforting and warming, I suspect last year I liked it so much because I could sheepishly bury myself in it after each swim, I felt VERY small last year and I don’t mean my body size. After each swim last year I was self quarantined to the warmth of the car, Robbin my ever helpful and loyal sister would tug socks on my corpse like feet and I would clutch a cup of hot chocolate spilling it all over the car with my shaking hands as I raised the cup to take a sip. I would look in wonderment at these amazing swimmers who would swim in 50 degree water, chat away and post swim be in good enough shape to laugh and chat around the cars while they drank hot chocolate, teas and coffee.
I watched and watched for days longing to hop out of the car for a chat, the swimmers were mostly local and so kind, they would come by the car window, I would crack it down a bit, ” How’s the Hypothermia coming along today?”, one might say, I thought I would reply by I guess it was a slurred chatter of teeth.
So there is the background, last years camp, especially the first swim was tremendously challenging for me, if you want to read a blow by blow of the ugliness check on Ireland Distance Week on the right hand corner of this page, for now let’s see how swim # 1 goes this year?
We Arrive early to the swim……
We arrive early, parking the car I see the massive growth of the group, 40-50 swimmers all gathered around for instructions, we park and instantly see some warm and familiar faces from last year, hugs and greetings all round and some introductions to new faces, after a few reunion visits I notice a trend ” You look well”, next hug ” you look well”, finally a big hi to Craig, a fellow down under, ” you’ve got bigger”, he says, ” why thank you so much for the compliment, I am 10 pounds up”, I exclaim, ” can’t usually say that to a girl if they have gained weight, but it is different with us”, Craig says with a grin, usually it is ” You Look Well”, he adds, well I giggle myself silly, every time I hear you look well now.