andy’s english channel swim: august 2007


July 10, 2006

Week 2006 07 09

Filed under: swimming training — andy @ 10:18 am

 

Another lightish week. My left shoulder has been displaying the same symptoms as Week 2006 05 28 - feels like an impingement of something deep (my own expert diagnosis). Anti-inflammatories keep it in a holding pattern, but I have not been feeling on top of my game, slogging through the training sessions.

Cape Point Record Swim 

Sunday was a memorable outing - John Dickerson (see Week 2006 05 21) organised a swim around Cape Point (http://www.capeswim.co.za/capepoint.htm).

Peter Whipp (left in foto below), the former Sprinbok rugby player, provided the boat and energetic crew (his sons - middle photo), and the ever-present Hugh ("do you mind if I drive") Tucker was the official observer. This was a real character-building outing for Hugh, who is still recovering from tick-bite fever and the associated disabling headaches.

 

As per Lynne Cox’s original swim around the point in the 1980’s (http://www.lynnecox.org/) we swam through a mild swell in to Diaz beach (3rd photo above), where we were greeted by an intimidating shorebreak (see Andrew Chin’s similar account http://iol.co.za/index.php?click_id=139&art_id=qw1081686601387B211&set_id=1). Then out through the shorebreak again, bounced a couple of times in the shallow water, and out to Cape Point, with the most powerful lighthouse in the southern hemisphere.

    

Round the point (which is NOT where the Indian & Atlantic oceans meet - it’s all cold), down the coast where the water flattens out, and in to the slipway at Buffels bay (see small cottage in centre just above waterline).

John & I completed the swim in 2 hours 10 mins and 2 hours 12 mins respectively; if John had not spent half the morning waiting for me, he would have finished much earlier - not bad for someone who is making a come back to open water swimming, training "at least once or twice a week" (verbatim quote). Both times bettered the previous record of 2 hours 20 mins held by Carina Bruwer (http://www.carinabruwer.com/).