Talking Under Water With A Mouthful of Marbles

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I spent this morning down at the pool as I have now almost every saturday for a long time. For the last 18 months I have spent this time sitting on my lazy, “i’m pregnant” or “I’m breastfeeding so I’ll have a second slice” bum, drinking a latte, and remembering to occasionally look over and wave at three year old blowing bubbles during swimming class. This morning was different.  This week J2 finally waved goodbye to the boobs so I decided it was time to stop using the continuance of her food supply as an excuse for lack of exercise and get back in the pool. It felt good. Ears in the water,  all noise blocked out I retreated into my head with no distractions. In fact this morning I wrote whole blog posts as I crawled up and down the pool. If I had a dictophone that could record me talking underwater with a mouth full of marbles, I could get it all down on paper.

I’ve been mulling an idea over for a while and alluded to it in this post last summer. With regular competitive sailing a distant memory at the moment I am really missing the complete salt water hit that skiff sailing once gave me. So I have set myself a new long term goal of completing a short ocean swimming race.  When I mentioned this to Reg he nearly choked on his coffee. His goal in life he says is to remove things from his to do list whereas he says mine seems to be to add them. It makes sense to me though as we are already at the pool at least once a week. Pools have creches (for a mid-week session) and for open water training perhaps the family can follow me in the tinny?

So in the interests of Reg’s sanity this is a long term goal. Get fit in the pool first. Overcome an acute fear of having foot bitten off by a shark. Do some research .

Why am I doing this? Quite simply for myself and my own sanity. To motivate myself to get properly fit and to get that feeling that only a serious injection of salt water can provide. This feeling is summed up perfectly by Shaun Tomson in his book “Surfer’s Code”:

“Because surfing stays with me after I leave the waves — in the salt on my skin, the pleasant ache in my shoulders, that general sense of well-being that warms my whole body like a summer day — I can draw on those physical sensations to nourish the imagination and invigorate my life every day”.

I’m writing about this here, publicly, so I can’t chicken out and in the vain hope someone might be silly enough to join me? I know it won’t be easy so I’d love to hear from anyone who has done one or has some advice.

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  1. LOVE LOVE LOVE: nothing feels like the achey saltyness of ocean games – hmmmm now an invite to join you is a dangerous proposition?!… keep me posted with your research…

    1. Yes, Yes, Yes! Some company would be great!

  2. ive been thinkin about this for a bit too – how bout this? towards the end of the summer simply 1 or 2km so not too far or too many people – we could even do a few if youve got some local ones?! (think i may be getting a bit carried away…LOL)

    1. That looks like a good start. An event like the 1km dash for cash would be a good one.

  3. do it charley, has Sydney got any sea pools or lidos, proper big ones?

    1. Yes, there are heaps. Most ocean beaches have some kind of sea pool where people train all year round.

  4. “maggie and milly and molly and may
    went down to the beach (to play one day)

    and maggie discovered a shell that sang
    so sweetly she couldn’t remember her troubles, and

    milly befriended a stranded star
    whose rays five languid fingers were;

    and molly was chased by a horrible thing
    which raced sideways while blowing bubbles: and

    may came home with a smooth round stone
    as small as a world and as large as alone.

    For whatever we lose (like a you or a me)
    it’s always ourselves we find in the sea”

    What a brilliant quote by e.e.cummings (and beautiful artwork!)

    Sorry I can’t join you girls in the training, being in Brissie LOL
    But I’m right behind you, cheering you on in spirit :)

    1. Linda! Thanks for filling in the missing parts. I didn’t know the poem that the quote came from :)

  5. Oh how I miss the beach and the surf. It’s so true, surfing stays with you long after you quit the water. Miss it, miss it. Good luck with the goal, sounds wonderful! Courage to you!

    1. Thanks Cassandra! Hopefully you can come back and bring your little one for an Aussie trip to paddle in the surf? Your beautiful banner painting is looking lovely on the blog header!

  6. Looking good Charley! Posted about the banner and linked to you …

    1. Thanks Cassandra!

  7. Ever read something and you’re not quite sure how to respond? I can’t find the right words in my head right now, but this was beautiful. I love this post’s title, love the sound heard with ears in the water and your promise for a better … you.

    1. I know what you mean. Thanks for thinking of something! I love getting comments on my blog even though sometimes I’m just writing without really thinking enough about engaging and making it easy to for people to respond. I get annoyed with myself when I take the time to visit blogs and read them and then leave becasue I can’t think of something relevant. Most of us just appreciate the hello, so that’s my policy now if I’m lost for words. By the way I really love your blog. Was so pleased to find a mummy blog with a nautical angle, like mine :) Have a lovely weekend x

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