Stoked!

Stoked for all of you who also got to swim. I have decided i’m never living away from water from now on.

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4 miles? Jesus. How long did that take?

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It sounds a long way but, like I said, I was sort of cheating as I was wearing swim fins - (some of these if you’re interested: DaFiN Pro Classic Black – DaFiN Surfing Products )

It probably took about 40-45 minutes, (without fins maybe I could do it in an hour and a half Mind you I’d be knackered). I could have gone a bit faster I suppose but it’s quite meditative once you find a pace and you don’t notice the distance or the time passing. Your breathing sets a rhythm and you kind of zone out.

I rarely swim without fins these days. I’ve got a few pairs, (short ones for swimming and a couple of pairs of longer ones) for different things, (swimming/ body surfing, snorkelling and an emergency pair I take kayaking just in case things go tits up and I have to tow my boat and gear back). Those Da Fin ones are pretty good all rounders. Stick a pair of those on and you’ll be swimming like The Man from Atlantis in no time :wink: It definitely makes swimming solo/ or in sketchy conditions safer.

Edit: Thinking about it, it was probably closer to 50 minutes. Though I’m not sure what time I got in or out, just when I left the house and when I got back. The conditions were dead flat with no currents or rips running - but it’s still not bad going.

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How do you track a swim? Apple watch?

No, I just know how far it is A to B
from checking an O/S map/ Admiralty chart. I swim out a hundred yards or so and just swim parallel to the shoreline. Sometimes I’ll go A to B and back again or I’ll run in one direction and swim back depending on the tide/ prevailing wind/ current. I never really time it as I’m just swimming for fun. It’s not like I’m training or anything.

I could do with getting some sort of Strava set up I suppose. More for cross country MTB rides and trail runs because I zig zag all over and never really know exactly how far I’ve gone. Or what the route was when I get back as I have a tendency to get intentionally lost.

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Running back wearing flippers must be a fun challenge.

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You can track waves you’ve surfed on Surfline cams with an Apple Watch. you have to surf in front of the cameras though, and I think you’ll quickly realise who the other ‘I want to watch myself when I get home’ people are…like doing flip tricks in front of the webcam at the skatepark. Bit cringe.

I got one for free a little while back and could see absolutely no benefit from it so I passed it over to my wife who is also struggling to justify it’s existence apart from using it to count shit at the gym. Any actual good ideas for how to use these things?

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Just got tickets for Dinosaur Jr literally ten minutes from my house. It’s not till March and we’ll have moved further away by then, but still.

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I walked home from a Throbbing Gristle concert once, and an Einsturzende Neubauten one another time. Bands I’d have travelled to another country to see.

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Here just browsing the stellar lineup for my walking distance venue:

"Have you seen this guy he looks so much like Jon Bon Jovi it’s freaky man” – Chad Kroeger (Nickelback)

Damn, right enough! You are lucky.

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“A genuine tribute to the biggest artist of our generation.”

That’s Phil Collins obvs.

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The only good thing Phil Collins ever produced…

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I managed to get a 600kg lathe out of a shipping container and into a van half a meter above it today without a forklift by building a series of steps and a bridge without killing myself. having a beer.

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I saw a LOT of great bands in walking distance when I lived in Leeds in the early noughties (and Newport in the late 90s actually).

Fewer in Hull, though I’ve seen a few gooduns. Burning Hell, Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, John and B Dolan are recent ish ones. By which I mean last five years or so. #dadlife.

Pre-Covid, there was a string of local/urban festivals twice each summer in a disused ferry terminal across the road from me. Sound checks would wake me up on each day, Kiasmos and Orbital were the notable sets whose tunes I could name and then hear again that night. Good times.

Off to go watch an actual football match for the first time in over 18 months. The big Worcester v Stourbridge pre season friendly with @tomgnargore and a few of our pals. Lovely stuff.

Finally managed to get round to (and having the money to) clear out the old sunhouse area properly. The old git that had the house before us was fish daft and had a giant koi pond in a sunhouse.

Sunhouse was shonky as shit and collapsed in bad weather. The walls were in tact and it housed the kids trampoline and e had a ton of bark on the ground. Took the main walls down and killed myself over the last week getting rid of it. Now I have a 20foot by 20foot concrete area to skate with the little one

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time for a little concrete quarter!

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I’d be lying if I didn’t think that this would make a great wee DIY concrete spot, the wife has other suggestions and divorces cost more than driving to a skatepark

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