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With some fantastic instructions from a friend, I have finally taken up SUP boarding or paddle boarding as it is also known as.  I was a little wobbly at the beginning but managed to stay upright for an hour, learning some of the techniques to use to make it a good workout.  It was very enjoyable.  Although quite a grey day with a storm looming in the background, the sea was fairly calm.     

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After a long break due to the lockdown this year, we had our first Team WildPaces sea swim from Hove Lagoon to the 360 tower which is a distance of 2.4 miles.   It was a beautiful day.  The sea was a little shoppy but we got going, thinking it is a good challenge to set ourselves to get back into the long swim spirit.      

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    It was a beautiful morning although waking up on a Saturday morning at 4.30 am is always a bit of challenge.  Once on the bike feeling the summer breeze, it was all forgotten.  The sea was flat and the sun playing on the water.  We swam  the Brighton Pier to Pier Paddle 2.5km and a perfect event it was.  A very calm mass start and everybody was quickly falling into their own rhythm.  A much easier swim than last time, yes it was shorter but I think I could have gone on.  But this time my breathing seems...

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BEFORE: We are doing the River Arun 3.8 km swim. This is the longest distance for me and although swimming with the tidal flow, does still worry me a little. I do not feel prepared at all and do really not know what to expect, swimming with 500 people around me. I am doing it with people around me who are well used to swimming this distance so hoping it will be helpful. AFTER: The start was a mass start and doing it for the first it did feel quite intimidating. Swimmers were crashing into each other, all very eager...

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We are on a road trip through Cornwall, stopping off in Dorset at Dartington Hall by the river Dart. Here we finally went swimming without a wetsuit and lasted almost 20 minutes. It was wonderful. We camped, swam and walked. Spring is wonderful time to visit Dorset, Cornwall. The tourist season has not started yet, the spring flowers are beautiful, the woods are in fresh bright green colour. We had the whole campsite almost to ourselves and on suite showers. While visiting a small village in Cornwall, we did swim around the rocky coastline. The water is incredible and clear....

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