Diving in. My Swim Story.

Last spring I was on leave from work and my girlfriend got so annoyed with me plodding around the house that she kicked me out and told me to go do something I enjoyed. First thing I saw was an advert for a local 5km swim at Bewl water the following week. Having never swam more than 500m non-stop I decided to ride my motorbike up to North Wales and basically find some big lakes to practice in.

So that's all I did for a week, eat pub food and swim across the next big cold lake I could find. A week later I went to the race, I had no idea about feeding tables and energy gels, bars etc so I was the only one there with a small pub lunch in a carrier bag. After my first lap I came out of the water so chuffed that I'd swum an entire Kilometre! I dug deep and finished the 5k in 1:47, absolutely beaming!

My girlfriend and I now plan to move North Wales where I'll be able to swim those same big beautiful lakes every day! She's got a wetsuit and she's learning to swim. I'm hoping to do the 10k at Bewl water next year!

Diving in. My Swim Story.