And so a new challenge beings. Barry and I committed to the Palm Beach to Manly swim last week. We have a boat and driver booked for Sunday December 6 this year, weather permitting. I’ve laid out the preliminary course (see below). This will need some work as it takes us a long way offshore.
For training over the last week I did:
- Thursday – The long swim at Balmoral (1.8km)
- Friday – An afternoon session in Manly pool (1km)
- Saturday – The morning swim at Balmoral (1km)
- Saturday – Afternoon Manly to Shelly return (1.4km)
- Sunday – Morning swim at Balmoral on (1.1km)
- Monday – This morning swim at Manly (1.4km)
Starting to feel pretty good and beginning to push for the first time since I hurt myself. In a strange reversal of fortune, Barry has had a bad virus, hasn’t swum at all in the last week and won’t be swimming this week. I’ve jumped out ahead of him but no doubt he’ll catch me quickly. I’ve signed up for squad training at Manly pool and hope to get underway this week although I have to go into hospital for the gut procedure mid week so that may be a bit optimistic. I think I’ll get pretty tired before this is over. I slept for 2 hours after I arrived home from the club on Sunday morning. Right knee still pretty sore although it comes and goes. Start gym again this week with a double session on Wednesday.
Lunch today with Tim Holden and Geoff Verco from the Pain Management Research Institute (PMRI). This is a joint venture research project between Sydney University and Royal North Shore Hospital. Barry and I have decided to do a fundraising around our swim and donate the money to this organisation which researches ways to treat severe, persistent pain. An estimated one in five Australians suffer persistent pain – which is pain that continues for more than three months. Luckily I was only in pain for about three months and it is now largely abated. I don’t fit the category but I’ve been there and it’s a worthwhile cause nonetheless. Charm Friend from Balmoral Beach club, who will be our boat captain, is a patient of this organisation after a long period of battling chronic pain. This makes it particularly appropriate. Unfortunately, Barry couldn’t come to the lunch as he has a bad virus and hasn’t been able to train. Brian Davidson from the Balmoral Beach club, who is also a director of the PMRI, also joined us for lunch