Friday, 13 January 2012

Moving and shaking

The Long Swim has been in hibernation for a month or so, but is now back! I'm not quite sure what happened and why I stopped blogging, except that I went away for a glorious week in Lanzarote over Christmas, then locked myself away to get some research writing done until term started again last week. The consequence of this was that the blog went quiet, but I have just submitted my first article from the swimming research to the journal, Feminist Review, which feels like definite progress. There's absolutely no guarantee of publication at this stage, and the usual practice is that papers are sent out for peer review and then based on the feedback, it will either be rejected (I hope not, but always possible....), accepted with various degrees of changes, or accepted as it is (never happens...or not to me, anyway). So, fingers crossed.

On the training front, things have been a little hit and miss, but ticking along. Following Ian's tragic death, I had sort of decided to go it alone on the stroke correction, drilling in what he had taught me, but then in Lanzarote, I managed to do a lot of sea swimming and realised that my stroke collapsed almost immediately into my old habits as soon as I started doing any distance. So, last week, I went to see Keith at the Swimshed, and am back on the case. Plus the running is ticking along nicely - I'm up to a weekend long run (well, when I say 'long'....) of 4 miles, and am signed up to run a 10k in March. So some progress there too, however unspectacular.

The other point of note was the recent publication by Steve Munatones of a men and women's list of 101 'movers and shakers' in open water swimming....and who would have thought it, but there I am. A mover and shaker, apparently. Of course, these kinds of lists are always arbitrary, but what I thought was great about them is that they demonstrate the breadth of involvement in open water swimming in all aspects of the sport, without necessarily focusing only on the elite end of things. It was nice to be included, though, and prompted a lot interest in the project and website, which was very encouraging for me. Of course, given my hiberating blog and my very poor show with training recently, there's not been much in the way of either moving or shaking from me of late. Must do better.

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