One throw away comment one day and 10 minutes later I’m signed up for a 3k ocean swim in Paignton on September 7th! All I did was suggest that a 1.5k swim would be a “piece of cake”, a statement that I stand by, however it somehow got twisted into me supposedly agreeing to go ahead with a swim twice the length (I did no such thing). Within minutes I received an email saying “thank you for your entry”, as someone else had been nice enough to sign me up for it. This was quickly followed by a long list of abuse and jokes about whaling fleets and harpoons. I was less keen on being given the moniker Yeo-pedo, somehow the ‘pedo suffix sounds a lot better when it’s about a multi-medal winning Aussie than if it’s about a fat lad from Devon.
Nevertheless, I’m not keen on backing out of a challenge, so I now face 3 months of tedious lap swimming to get in a shape that isn’t round…or at least a shape that might look slightly less worse in neoprene. My swimming stroke of choice will be a poncy breast stroke. I aim to be in a position by the end of July that I can swim 4km in a pool reasonably easily, which will hopefully stand me in good stead when I move to the open water.
Of course it seems silly for me to go through all this and the only people to gain from it are those that delight in taking the p**s out of me (of which there seem to be many). I’ve therefore decided to try and raise money for Devon Air Ambulance Trust.
As a regular motorsport competitor and spectator I’ve been unfortunate enough to see accidents where people require urgent medical attention, often in remote locations. I’ve been to events where an Air Ambulance has been required and no doubt been vital in the treatment of the injured people and I feel that it’s an excellent resource. I’m also aware that one day it may be me that requires these services.
The swim is organised by ‘Geopark Adventure’ and details can be found at http://www.geoparkadventure.com/products/geopark-ocean-swim
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