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Take The Rough With The Smooth


January 20 2021

Causeway Coast

Charity AWARE NI

Swim Distance 1.39km


THANK YOU FOR CONTINUALLY SHARING AND DONATING. Donations now over the £4,000 mark!

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/al-mennie


AWARE NI https://aware-ni.org/


The thing I keep realising as I swim through darkness is how similar it is to life. Last night was the smooth, sometimes I get the rough and sometimes I get a combination of both. Its rarely perfect, what even is perfect? Regardless, I have to swim. I have to get the job done and its better if I enjoy even the tough swims. To be honest there hasn't been a swim that I've hated, I don't think that is possible. Regardless of the conditions I enjoy what I'm doing even if it is a slog at times. Last night we had heavy hail showers between crisp clear skies and the moon is starting to come back. It was bitterly cold. I love that though, just as much as the warmer nights, in fact I might prefer the colder nights.


Last nights swim was pretty straight forward. Well as straight forward as swimming in the surf in the dark can be, but relative to the night we broke the 50km it was a walk in the park. The surf was small but a steady wind helped the flow have some sort of a direction for most of the swim. There wasn't really much current to speak of but what there was was mostly in my favour for a change.


Thank you for reading this far! Please if you have a few spare quid use it to help the charity AWARE NI via the link here.... A massive thank you to the few of you who have donated so far! I cant reply to you on the justgiving site but know that your words and the money for charity are greatly appreciated. I know how hard it is for everyone at the minute and to find something to donate is a great and kind thing thank you! https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/al-mennie

Info - I am swimming a total of 100km through the darkness, in the darkest and coldest months of the year off the North Coast of Ireland. My aim...to inspire those who may be struggling in dark times to keep going. I also aim to raise awareness and funds for the depression Charity Aware NI. We all face dark times in life at some point and it can be extremely overwhelming.


Safety - Please don't think that because I am doing this that you too should do this or something similar. I am very experienced in the sea with knowledge that is only gained through many years of exposure to the sea in all her moods. I have a safety and location system in place including continual contact with people on land every time I swim.