So on 25 May I joined my girls Chessie and Steph and a bunch of other awesome girls to take on an open water swim in the serpentine in Hyde Park in preparation for the London Triathlon.
Now, I'm a strong swimmer (although not the quickest!) but aside from doing water sports, wake boarding, paddle boarding etc, I have never had to swim in a wetsuit, swimming hat and goggles in a lake. However you know me, thrive off a challenge especially one with my friends.
We all arrived and got chatting before we were given our wetsuits to put on. Now I have worn wetsuits before but with it being a beautifully hot and sunny day this seemly easy task suddenly became a lot tougher and there is me and Chessie standing with the thing at our ankles not sure on weather to battle or shout for help. Eventually we squeezed in and went back upstairs to be given the low down of what was going to happen next. I must say, I have never felt sexier (not!) than in a wetsuit, bright yellow swimming hat and goggles but honestly, I am always up for a laugh and so I was pretty excited about getting stuck in.
Before we knew it we launched into the lake which wasn't quite as deep as expected and learnt about how to swim with efficiency, breathing technique and how to deal with the madness of the start line, which, makes me feel so competitive thinking about it as it reminds me go my sprinting days!
Although we only did 4 full lengths of the serpentine (400m), I bloody loved it. It was extremely tough since I haven't swam for 3 yearsand man did it give my lungs a workout but i was buzzing for days - I highly recommend it especially when you have the likes of the lovely Marsha and John from RG Active guiding you.
After we refuelled on all the pizza and hot chocolate and endless chatting before we all headed home. Its a night I wont be forgetting and I may even sign up to the London Tri!!
Why should you give it a go?
- Challenge yourself, you may find a new passion.
- You could make some new friends along the way.
- You will learn something I guarantee that.
- Its a new experience and that is what life is all about.
- It is a laugh, even if it does end up being a one off!
- You could find you are really good and didn't even know.
Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow. Ronald E. Osborn.
I am definitely going to be jumping back in - if not yet but before my challenge on 28 July where I am swimming 2 miles in the sea so I need to get some practise in!