Some thoughts on my Derwent swim in 2012

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Way back in the mists of time, well January, when we were first planning the Channel swim and the training that would be needed, I set myself the goal of taking part in (and ideally completing) a continuous 5-6 mile swim. The rationale was that this would take around three hours, and if I could do that, then three individual 1 hour slots in the Channel would be a breeze.

Of course one of the major considerations in planning a swim of this nature is safety, so I decided it would be best to do an organised event. There are actually very few of this distance (but a growing number!) and of these very few permit you to take part without a wetsuit. Bring on the BLDSA, who have always encouraged non-wetsuit swims. Very handily they had a 5.25 mile swim scheduled in Derwent Water just after I got backā€¦

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