So after time spent swimming in the safety and warmth of indoor pools it was time for us to meet our nemesis – Dover Harbour. With sea temperatures at 8 degrees the Flamingos headed down to Dover to jump into the water and spend some time getting to know each other.
Team Flamingos turned up in all their Flamingo apparel including Flamingo flip-flops, towels and lots of very pink attire – we certainly stood out from the crowd.
Lots of forms had to be handed in and we were presented with our Training season cards meaning that we can swim down in the harbour with the official Channel swimming officials every weekend from 10am onwards – a rare treat as a swimmer for it not to be so early 🙂
We managed 2 swims in the sea on both Saturday and Sunday with time in between each trying to get warm before jumping into the sea again. It was bought home swimming up and down with the ferries in the backround that we really were going to be attempting the channel within a matter of months.
It was pretty cold and with little sun in the air and weathers more suited to November my ski jacket took on a new role – keeping me warm after each sea swim.
Saturday night saw us in the pool for two hours for a long session with a bit of competitiveness coming out at the end of the sessions when we raced the other Aspire relay teams. A fun night and by 9.30pm we were sat in the restaurant munching down plenty of pasta replenishing the energy from the day and storing ready for our Sunday swims.
A fun albeit cold weekend but a great taster of what lies ahead – bring on the next training session in June where we will be attempting our 2 hour qualifying swim – this is a swim we have to complete before being allowed to attempt the channel relay.