Summer in Ireland – Mountain Lake Swimming 2

Recently, Alan Clack & I hiked up to Coumshingaun in the Comeragh Mountains, as part of his Channel taper in Ireland, and because we were looking for some cold water. The silence from Alan as we hiked upward was deafening. “What the hell are we doing”, I could imagine, and worse, going through his head. Coumshingaun is…

Summer in Ireland – Mountain Lake Swimming 1

Back in June after the Cork Distance Week, Owen O’Keeffe, aka the Fermoy Fish, Ireland’s youngest ever English Channel swimmer, suggested a swim in Tipperary’s Bay Lough, up in the Knockmealdown Mountains. And so it was that the Fish, Dave Mulcahy, myself and Jen Schumacher, visiting Ireland for the Camp from California, met one morning in…

MIMS 2012 – Part 5 – Hudson River and Finish

MIMS 2012 – Part 1 – Three Rivers (loneswimmer.com) MIMS 2012 – Part 2 – Race Day (loneswimmer.com) MIMS 2012 – Part 3 – The start and the first hour (loneswimmer.com) MIMS 2012 – Part 4 – The East and Harlem Rivers (loneswimmer.com) Advice for future MIMS applicants & particpants (loneswimmer.com) With the swing west across Spuyten Duyvil the…

MIMS 2012 – Part 4 – The East and Harlem Rivers

MIMS 2012 – Part 1 – Three Rivers (loneswimmer.com) MIMS 2012 – Part 2 – Race Day (loneswimmer.com) MIMS 2012 – Part 3 – The start and the first hour (loneswimmer.com) For the three people who asked for this, sorry for the delay, it’s been a busy few weeks, Stephen Redmond and Channel swimmers are far more important.…

MIMS 2012 – Part 2 – Race day

Part 1 – Saturday indeed broke more bearable, with temperatures in the high twenties with an almost cloudless sky and no forecast of rain or thunderstorms. I’d brought my bag of oatmeal for porridge which I microwaved in the hotel dining room, and as usual, forced it into myself. It was not the best bowl…

Project Copper – reflections and debrief

Reflections on Project Copper. I’ve swam about 54,000 metres to cover the 25 kilometre coast, which were swum as a series of out and back swims, so every metre of coast was swam twice. With the experience I’ve gained of the various currents on this stretch of coast, I now know there are longer swims…

Kilfarassey – a swimmer’s paradise

In 2010 while Channel training I did the majority of my Waterford training at Clonea, trying to eek out some fractional comfort from the average extra 0.25 degree Celsius water temperatures, after spending the previous few years mainly swimming at the Guillamene, where I returned again last winter and this spring and early summer. But…

Bunmahon to Tankardstown

I thought I’d already posted this swim, as in the swim report for Bunmahon to Ballydowane, I alluded to previously discussed knowledge of Bunmahon from years visiting it and as the surf spot that I know best, even better than Kilmurrin. I must have spent hundreds of hours surfing here. As a swimming location it…

Bunmahon to Ballydowane Cove

I had some nervousness about this swim for a few reasons. Having previously discussed my familiarity with Bunmahon, I’ve written about the dangers on the beach. These don’t worry me because it’s a very localised danger, for inexperienced or non-swimmers, that covers an area of a few dozen metres squared. But I recalled a couple…

Annestown to Kilfarassey

Back at Annestown within a couple of days, when I doubt I’d been here for a year. I’ve described Annestown from a surfing point of view in the Annestown to Boatstrand post. When I arrived, it was a bit different. There was some actual groundswell (not very large), the sky was blue and the day…

Annestown to Boatstrand

So why not come at Boatstrand from the opposite direction? I asked myself. And then I answered. Why, no reason. No reason at all. of course, since yesterday’s post, you now know why. Annestown is another part of this coast I know better from surfing. I’ve never even really seen a reason to swim here.…

Project Copper

Anyone following the new swim spot reports recently or looking very closely at the tag cloud (and why would you, since you actually have a life) may have seen a tag called Project Copper on the site for the past couple of weeks. It recently struck me, in one of those why-haven’t-I-done-this-before moments: Why not…

Kilmurrin Cove to Tankardstown

Having explored Kilmurrin to Boatstrand, an obvious step was to swim underneath the 50 metre cliffs to the west of the cove, toward Bunmahon. The conditions were typically similar. Force Two onshore. Tide was lower though, only half in the cove. I left via the usual route on the left of the cove aiming to…

Kilmurrin to Boatstrand

The first time I ever air-dropped a wave and stuck it was in Kilmurrin. That’s surfer lingo. Something I’ve rarely used and sparingly. I refused to ever say gnarly, or stoked, for example. In Ireland, I always thought, we had sufficient command of expressive language and a predilection and culture for description such that surfer speak terms…