Today I am tired. Attending the Global Open Water Swimming Conference in Cork has somewhat taken it out of me. A 6:20 AM flight saw me at the conference at 8.30, for a full day of talks. Subjects were varied, including an interesting session on jellyfish. The diversity of jellyfish and related species is incredible, and interestingly, most of them don’t sting. There were talks on training and recovery, ice swimming, planning swims, and a ‘fireside chat’ from the first two people to complete the Ocean’s Seven, Stephen Redmond and Anna-Carin Nordin. The whole event was wonderfully organised by organising committee. Thank you!
A great selection of the great and the good of Marathon Swimming was on show: Nick Adams, Fergal Somerville, Anna Wardley, Stephen Munatones, Kevin Murphy, Donal Buckley, Jackie Cobell, Ned Denison, to mention just a few. These are names that I have spent the last year reading about in blogs and websites, and there I was with them!
On the Sunday I found myself having a chat in the lift with Kevin Murphy himself, King of the Channel, probably the most renowned of the lot, and indisputably the greatest of all time. I almost had to pinch myself.
Despite obviously being more than a little star struck, and slightly ‘jaded’ after a a few drinks at the gala dinner the night before, I managed to make it through to the organised swim round Sandycove Island on the Sunday.
Sandycove is beautiful. The water was clear and cool, ranging between 12C and 16C apparently depending on where you were relative to the island. As it was an organised swim, there was a one lap limit, but this was enough to get the flavour of what Sandycove is all about. The water was calmish even on the outside. I hope to be back in July for Ned’s distance camp!