It might look like I don't have any news for you since I haven't posted anything for a while. Well, surprise, surprise, I do have news; I just haven't had enough time to tell you about it because I have been very busy organising this year's Martin Duggan Memorial Swim in the Blackwater. While I have a chance, here a few quick updates:
1) The open-water season is finally starting to properly get going. I did a 5km swim in the Blackwater at 6am with Ned on Monday and a 7.5km swim today. It is about 11 or 12 Celsius at the moment which is well below the average for this time of year. We have also had some new faces on the river, Stephen Brooks and Conor O'Brien, both 12 from Mitchelstown, did their first ever swim last week. They swam 700m in their skins and it was only 11 degrees. Well done Stephen and Conor!
2) Things are also going well on the sponsorship front. On Tuesday, we had our Transition Year Graduation ( yes, I am on summer holidays). Before receiving our Certs, I was presented with €570 from the TY Mini-Company for the Irish Cancer Society and over €300 from the College Staff. Fermoy Swimming Club also sent me a cheque for €100. I wouldn't expect this as it is I who owe them and the Club is not exactly loaded...
3) In other [competion] news, I am heading up to Cavan tomorrow for the Lough Sheelin 10k National Championships on Sunday. I have never done an official 10k race before so it will be very interesting to see how I get on... and if I get selected for the Irish Panel, although I doubt it somehow.
Well, that's it for the moment. I will post next week to let you know how I get on in Lough Sheelin. Hopefully I will Have a few nice pistures too.