It's coming round very fast. Seven weeks tomorrow, I'll be dangling my toes on the edge of a pool, preparing to swim 5 kilometres. That's just over 3 miles in old money. All in the name of charity, and giving myself a challenge.
Today I hit the pool for the first time in a couple of weeks, as I had a bit of time off work, and needed to get on with a decent distance swim to see how much work I was going to need to do. And in 1 hour, 15 minutes, I swam the first 2 1/2 kilometres, 100 lengths of the council pool, without dying of boredom, or threatening to kill any of the annoying people getting in my way. Seriously, 100 lengths without murderous rage. That's a new record for me. Swimming might be relaxing for some, but if there's someone swimming breast-stroke with one foot on the floor cutting in front of me & slowing down, I'm going to get grumpy.
I haven't even got the help of my Speedo Aquabeat, because I've lost the charging cable, and the battery's deader than my local on a Tuesday night. I've ordered a new one online though, so all should be well soon. Suggestions for songs to add to my swimming soundtrack will be gratefully received, I've got a lot of time to fill!
As well as swimming to build up my distance, I've been working on my general fitness, which is otherwise pretty bad. It's difficult fitting a regular commitment in around work, school runs, and a husband who works shifts, but I'm doing the best I can. Zumba and Bokwa have made an appearance in recent weeks, and I've been surprised by how much I'm enjoying it. I'm not the most co-ordinated person in the world, but it's actually quite good fun jumping around like a loon, and no-one's watching.
If you haven't sponsored me yet, why on earth not? Every penny counts. You can click this link http://my.sportrelief.com/sponsor/lorrainecooper - or the badge somewhere over on the right hand side. But do it, people! Go on!