|Sheephaven Sub Aqua -our rescue unit|
The briefing with the Sheep Haven Sub Aqua club was quite stark-Ram listed the personal challenges and the physical expectations. Several of those resulted in major negative outcomes.
Marking out the veins on our arms incase the need for IV-the veins disappear in the cold and to be honest-this was no longer about the swimmer-you wanted those guys to get to you and get you out in a flash.
|During Round Ireland Swim in '06|
w David Mc Gloin.. pure hardship!!
Anne Marie & I will never line up with starters and race, we are as happy plodding along the alternative route and having fun along the way.
As happy as could be we convoyed to the North water, Mulroy Bay-my head just shot into swimming mode. 15 minutes steaming to location and the wind lifted from the South West. Seeing the flotilla was such a buzz.
|Getting the boats ready|
Once at the location, I created my visual reference, a pink house above the buoy that was our mile mark. I couldn’t believe how near it was. I just switched over to methodical. I could see my arms and I reeled in the pink house.
A huge sigh of weight left my body as I pulled off my immersion suit. Noel had thought of everything.
Down to my togs I could feel the wind blowing but it meant nothing. I was delighted that my mind was switched over. All I have to do is to get to that pink house.. Closing my eyes, sitting on the tubing I turned and lifted my body into the waters of North Water. This was it-we knew it would not be 5deg but happy with 6deg we were off at least.