Over Winter, if you’re anything like me, you’ve been struggling to get out of bed in the morning, preferring to roll over and continue snoozing. I found myself slipping with my swim training and I know I’ve not been alone. I’ve seen it over the cooler months with our squad, swimmers who have been quietly hibernating. It’s so easy not to go when it’s cold and dark. ‘Bring on Spring’ I would quietly say to myself.
Spring lends itself beautifully to swimming. Cool, crisp, light mornings followed by lovely warm, bright days. Now it’s here, I’ve started back, training regularly, planning and committing to my ocean swim goals. I’ve realised the ocean is where I need to be.
To get back into my ocean swim groove I’ve had to get more serious about my swim training and start to get into the ocean more frequently. One coach told me it takes two weeks of training for every week you’ve been out of the water. Six weeks away could take you three months to get back to where you were!
Getting back into ocean swimming is such a wonderful experience, not just for your body but also for your soul. To ocean swim is to be at one with the elements, and if you’re lucky enough to see magic it is even better. On our ocean swim last Sunday, we were fortunate enough to see a couple of whales.
Taking the first step is always the hardest. Once you’ve found yourself yet again poolside or in an ocean swim, taken the first couple of strokes and then swum a couple of hundred metres, you’re on the way back. At the end of the session or ocean swim, no matter where you came, you feel like a legend. You’ve survived. You’re back!
We made a short clip of the morning!