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Sixty lengths tonight, which is a whole mile. So really helping on the catching up front!

Nine miles to go. 4 weeks to go. so thats 2.25 miles a week. If I do a full mile each Friday, that leaves me needing to do 40 lengths over two other sessions. That is extremely do-able.

So, www.justgiving.com/tink-swim for all your sponsoring me needs :-)
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failed to post this yesterday! did 44 lengths in the pool last night. shouldn't go in the evening really, as I never get to swim for as long as I'd like due to people being irritating and me getting fed up and getting out!

new swimming costume is cool though.
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Another 44 lengths this morning, puts me on 648 total. Halfway point is officially 646 lengths. So I am now just over halfway across the channel!!


www.justgiving.com/tink-swim is the place to go if you want to sponsor me, I've got over halfway to my target already but still need more money if I'm going to reach £220 by the 6th December. Please give what you can, its for a great cause.
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Yay finally broke through six hundred! Another 40 lengths today, so still on target and all is well with the swim. Although I really do need a new swimming costume - my red one feels all weird. I was constantly paranoid that when I was pushing off it was exposing me!
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So this Sunday is halfway through the swim, and I've not quite reached halfway! But thats not so bad, I'm still on target to complete the swim, I just can't really afford to miss any sessions now. 48 lengths today.
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Another 40 lengths today. Have decided that a Tuesday-Thursday-Sunday schedule is unrealistic, as I always seem to have a handy excuse not to go at the weekend.

So we're giving Monday-Wednesday-Friday a go instead. Monday morning is (as noted earlier in the week) a tricky one, I mean who wants to voluntarily get up an hour earlier than normal on a Monday. But Friday evenings are good for getting in a longer swim - as evidenced by last Friday being my best session so far.


www.justgiving.com/tink-swim
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only 32 lengths today, as was delayed leaving the house and didn't have as much time. Monday mornings are not a good day to get up early!
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56 lengths today! Go me! So total is 444, so we're on about 35%. 7 and a half miles. Doing pretty good!

and I was swimming in the fast lane for most of it. admittedly this is because the middle lane was SLOW as you like. Paralympic turn guy was there, and some crazy possibly foreign girl doing lots of really slow technique practising lengths with floats, and then doing lenghts in a really slow butterfly stroke.

fortunately there were no really fast people there, so the fast lane was merely slightly-faster-than-the-medium-lane-usually-is.
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Just in case you weren't sure how my total number of lengths was translating into distance, here's a visual aid!




Don't forget, you can sponsor me by visiting www.justgiving.com/tink-swim.

I've so far raised £54 out of my target £220 - mostly from people in work although I must say a massive thank you to [livejournal.com profile] rhube  for going online and sponsoring me even though she doesn't really have any spare cash - you are an absolute star! And it just goes to show, that it really doesn't matter how much you can spare, as long as you spare something! So please please please sponsor me. :-)

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another 44 lengths today. seems like 44 is settling in to be my 'normal' amount. I need to start pushing myself more, aim for 48 as a minimum.

I also need to sort out my mp3 player so I can swim with music again.
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44 lengths today, not quite the massive push I was hoping for as I got up late, but never mind. Slowly creeping back on target (I should be on 396 after today's session...)
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Big effort today, need to get back into the habit. Must stop random life happenings getting in the way!

52 lengths this morning. And since I'm off work on Thursday, I'll have longer in the pool than usual when I go in the morning. I've just worked out, i'll have enough time to do 80 lengths!
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Only 28 lengths today, pool was irritating and busy this evening :-( am still ahead of schedule though, so its not all bad.

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Another 44 lengths today. Went at lunchtime, rather than in the morning. So no lanes. But less people.

A man called Alex was asking me about my swim - my bright blue swimming hat emblazoned with the words "Aspire Channel Swim" finally sparked some interest!
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Another 52 lengths this morning. Am feeling pretty good today! I even found a different bus that goes all the way to the station, so drops me off a lot closer to my office than the number 17. So I don't have to hang around waiting for the 17 if its late (which it often is), I can just jump on the first bus that comes to the stop. Means I'll never be late for work.

So am well ahead of target right now, not quite to the stage where if I missed a session I'd not fall behind, but if I do another 50+ on Thursday morning then I'll be well on my way. If I keep this rate up, I will be done almost three weeks early! Although I do anticipate having to miss a session or two at some point, so its good to have this buffer set up already. I think getting behind on target would be rather demotivating.
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So this morning I got up early to go swimming. I was working on the basis that the pool opened at 8am, so I'd set my alarm for quarter to 8. I got up, left the house, got to the pool just after 8am. Pool does not open till 8.30.

Bugger, says I. Can't go home, because then I wouldn't want to go back. So I'll just wander the streets for a bit. Ended up going for a walk through the enormous cemetery over the road. I like it in there because its so peaceful. Even though its right next to the road, you can't hear the traffic (this happens in all cemeteries, I think its awesome). there were information leaflets by the entrance, which I'd not seen before. Includes information about the history of the cemetery, and a map to help you find graves. So I wandered about, looking for stuff it mentioned, like specific memorials and the remains of the original chapels.

The cemetery is Grade II listed. Two of its memorials are also Grade II listed. and the whole cemetery is a wildlife heritage site. Semi-improved grassland, with many rare/protected plant species.

When I got to the line that says "There is a family of Muntjac deer living in the cemetery" I started to think, okay, I've never seen deer here, that can't be right.

So I'm wandering around, trying to find stuff. what should appear out from behind a shrub, but a female deer! I couldn't believe my eyes! She didn't see me, was just pottering around grazing. So I carefully followed her, until I was in a position to take a picture.
pic behind cut )She's very small, but very cute! You can see in the pic, she was very aware of me, she kept moving away and I was having to do my best not to scare her.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reeves's_Muntjac

So yeah, a decent night's sleep, followed by an early morning nature experience, followed by a refreshing swim, means I'm feeling a lot happier today. Breakfast time now though!
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Only 36 lengths this morning - pool was only open for an hour for lanes, and it was super busy! I'm still pretty pleased that I got up early on a Sunday morning and went swimming though.
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another 44 lengths in the pool this morning. am feeling pretty good, especially now I've just eaten my breakfast!

Pool was hideously busy when I first started swimming, but by ten to 8 it had quietened down considerably, and when I was doing my last few laps there was only one other person in my lane. It's a shame I have to be out of the pool by 8.20, otherwise I'd stay later as the pool totally empties out for the last half an hour of the session!

Am hoping Saturday morning's session will be quieter - I mean who'd want to get up at 7am on a Saturday to go swimming!
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off to a good start! did 8 extra lengths tonight. Pool was relatively quiet, which was nice.
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So yesterday was Ed and Rachael's wedding. It was awesome! Very them, if you know what I mean. I may have drunk rather too much mead - I'm feeling incredibly delicate today!

I think we eventually headed off to bed at about 4am. There was singing around the fire and it was cool. Other highlights include the first dance :-)

Didn't realise how drunk I was till we went to bed and I lay down. Didn't really get much sleep, so felt pretty rough when I first got up. Burger king on the way home stopped me feeling too rubbish in the car and a prolonged snooze in bed with J and the cat helped me feel vaguely human again. Fidg was very cute, actually, as soon as he realised I'd got in bed wearing my dressing gown he came racing over, dived under the covers and started kneading the gown like a cat possessed! Then he curled up as tight up against me as he could, and purred his head off. I'm guessing he's forgiven me for the kennels and the vet now!

Rugby now, with added pizza. Hopefully my hangover will go away soon!

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