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The Season is Changing, I'm still swimming.

February 26th 2021

Causeway Coast

Charity AWARE

Swim Distances over the past 3 nights.

Feb 25th 1.03km

Feb 24th 1.05km

Feb 23rd 994m


THANK YOU FOR CONTINUALLY SHARING AND DONATING. Donations now over the £11,800 mark!

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

AWARE https://aware-ni.org/


We are emerging from the darkest and coldest months now. The winter is leaving, the light is coming back. For lots of people who have been unable to leave their homes in the darkness, this extra light in the morning and evening will literally change their lives. It can feel like a relief at this time of year, the shadows are now cast by sunlight, not artifical light.


The moon is almost full, the tides are super low and I am getting very close to finishing. All being well I will complete the 100km on Sunday. But, that is subject to change obviously. It is virtually impossible to predict what it will be like out there. I had a few weeks with really consistent conditions but the past couple of weeks have been like a cauldron out there. Until I am in the water it is impossible to call even the direction I plan to swim. Often I go out and test the conditions before going back to shore to confirm with my back up spotter what I'm doing.


Please if you are reading these blogs, use what I am doing to stay motivated. Keep active, get outdoors if you can and if you cant, open a window at the very least. The outdoors and exercise are great distractions from the world we are living through at the minute. I found a great resource that I think might be of interest to anyone who for some reason maybe cant get outdoors at the minute. Its called BBC Soundscape and you can listen to all sorts of sounds from the outdoors. Take a listen, it might be of use and or help during these times. https://canvas-story.bbcrewind.co.uk/soundscapesforwellbeing/

Remember to look at yourself and those around you for signs that may be of concern. Here is a link to some of the things to look out for on the AWARE website....

https://aware-ni.org/helping-someone-with-depression





NOTE - I apologise for not publicising when I am swimming as I know there are people who want to come and support me but we just cant risk it with covid and the regulations. I do post quite a lot on instagram so please follow along there, your support is greatly appreciated. It really spurs me on. I have a couple of people who are extremely experienced emergency responders so know that I am well looked after! I live extremely close (seconds away) to the beach but I cannot ask that any of you come down to support from further afield even though I know some of you reading this would like to and I would like to have you there.