Just checking in!

Yes, I know it’s been about six months since I lasted posted anything! I think I’ll use college as an excuse this time, but really I’ve had very little to write about. One thing that I neglected to do at the end of 2013 was to sum up how the year went, so I might as well do that now… The highlights of the open water season for me were:

  • Winning the 5 km at GaddinAbtGarnish with a new PB of 1:08:24 (my report here).
  • Swimming in the Martin Duggan Memorial Swim for the first time (my report here).
  • Setting a new Irish record for an English Channel 2-way relay with my friends on team Crosóige Mara in July (my report here).
  • Setting a new male record for Round Jersey also in July (my report here).
  • Swimming around the Old Head of Kinsale and through the tunnel connecting Holeopen Bays East and West with Ned Denison.
  • Completing the first ever non-stop swim from Fermoy to Youghal (60 km down my own River Blackwater) in just over 12 hours in August (my report here).
  • Winning the Irish 10 km Championships in Camlough Lake, Co. Armagh just a week later (my report here).
  • Of course, swimming in VI Marnaton “eDreams” Cadaqués in Catalonia with some amazing company (my report here).

I will have another post coming very soon (within a few days, hopefully) about how this winter has been going in the pool. It has been very different from previous winters I’ve gone through, especially in recent years…

What to expect in the next few weeks…

So this weekend the clocks went back and Mr. Finbarr Hedderman declared the summer swimming season at Sandycove Island over. Since I have no big swims planned for the winter swimming season I’ll start blogging with reviews of some of my most enjoyable swims this summer, including:

  • My 3-stage descent of the River Blackwater from Fermoy to Youghal.
  • My swim from mainland Donegal to Tory Island.
  • My swims around Cape Clear and Ringarogy in West Cork.

This was also my first summer of crewing on English Channel swims so I’ll be reflecting on the four swims that I crewed on this summer, including FINA World #1 Trent Grimsey‘s record-breaking 6 hour 55 minute swim! You can also expect some nice photographs, I didn’t bother with any non-picturesque swims this year…

Tory Island:

Cape Clear & Ringarogy: