Today I need to swim 200 lengths of a pool.
Hang on, you will say, no one needs to swim 200 lengths of a swimming pool. That’s your choice, surely. A mad choice, a crazy choice, but a choice nonetheless. If you are thinking this, then I concede that you may have a point.
Yes, I could sit in the sunshine instead. Or, I could do a mere 100 and call it a day. Perhaps I could say I swam 200 lengths but really just spend my time in the steam room, getting hot. But, come the 24 June, as I stand nervously in the dawn sunlight and contemplate the task ahead, I will regret not getting in that pool and grinding out those lengths. For, on the morning of Saturday the 24th, I will be taking part in the Bantham Swoosh and it will be no respecter of missed sessions and half-arsed excuses.
The Bantham what?
The Swoosh. As in, swooooooosh! That feeling you get when you are pulled along by a surge of water and spat out into the sea.
It is a 6km swimming event held annually in South Devon. Organised by the Outdoor Swimming Society, it takes swimmers down a river estuary to the sea, where a combination of the river and the tide creates a surge of water to help sling you out towards the sea. The tides mean that we will be setting off at dawn, with a second wave of swimmers going at dusk. It should be an awesome event.
It’s also a really long way.
6k ain’t all that
Not when you’re running it isn’t, or walking. Sitting in a car, you would barely have time to listen to one song. But when swimming… well, it certainly feels like a long way.
We – my wife and I – have been training for the Swoosh. You would be silly not to. If you have been following my Something Wild experiment over on instagram, or here on this blog, you will have seen several shots of beaches, waves, and the Devon coast. What you may not have appreciated is that many of my sunrise and early morning photos were taken outside the swimming pool, just before or after another of our early-morning training sessions. I feel as though I have seen my fair share of Devon sunrises over the last few months…
Read the rest of the post here A lot of lengths: Swimming the Swoosh – Recycled Words