swim to the moon...

Monday, August 22, 2005

Re------al slow

I was cruising along for my last couple of lengths -- just chilling out in the water, taking each breath like a lazy yawn.

Sometimes I forget to do that bit -- not the breathing I mean, but the other bit: slowing down a little to relax into the feel of the water and the shape of the stroke. Groovy baby. Groove---y. 0.75km.

And a big shout to our international team of lunar aquanauts! Since our last tally we've had 1km from Sam in Sydney and 6.15km from The Pink Kitty in California, and her Mom (I think that's GREAT)! That's added onto our current distance of 11.5 achieved so far by myself, littlekerri and Vanja in the UK, and Owen in Philadelphia. Yay team!

Today's total: 18.65km

Monday, August 15, 2005

Hooray for kickboards

Well, this injury of mine has pretty well ruled out my favourite stroke for the moment 'sniff'. So for the next little while I'm getting into the groove of kickboards! Some may think it's cheating to use a flotation device on the way to the moon, but if you think about it, it's only going to make me slower (unlike some other 'training aids' I can think of -- flippers for example -- they're *so* cheating. No flippers to the moon please. Really!). Besides, I reckon if I can persist with 30 mostly-kickboard lengths, I deserve 'em!

30 lenghts x 25m pool = 0.75km

Aquanauts, we're doing swell! Vanja (who promises to donate laps from Montenego soon), has given us 1.6km, so added to the previous total of 9.15km that's...

11.5km! We've broken the 10km mark. We'll be at the moon in no time...

How far did you swim today?

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Good news...

1. for aquanauts!

Seven Russian sailors trapped for three days were rescued today after a British undersea robot cut their small submarine free of ocean floor debris off Russia's Pacific coast.

The freeing of the trapped submarine and the rescue of the crew was a welcome happy ending to a drama that some feared might end like that Kursk submarine disaster five years ago in which all 183 crewmen died.

More of this or the denouement.

2. for astronauts!

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, California (Reuters) - The space shuttle Discovery and its seven astronauts glided safely back to Earth on Tuesday, successfully completing NASA's troubled return to human space flight 2 1/2 years after the Columbia disaster that killed all the astronauts on board.

More of this or read about the somewhat unbelievable landing process.

3. for lunar aquanauts?

Hopefully I'll be over this cold and back in the pool by Friday...
How far did you swim today?

Saturday, August 06, 2005


So what with Prague, and the pesky return of a comical childhood injury, it's been no laps from me this week, but contributions from my fellow lunar aquanauts are bringing the mission along nicely!

That's 0.9 km from littlekerrie, who I met on my last expedition, and another 2.6km from Owen - continuing his sterling work by internationalising our moon mission with laps from the states!

Altogether 9.15km to date -- no doubt with more to come...

(The lovely Miss V, for example, has been hinting she's got some contributions on the way...)
How far did you swim today?

Monday, August 01, 2005

3 not-entirely-successful launches

So we're in Prague this week (No, unfortunately, not yet recording moon mission progress - simply recounting a quick getaway, a break from the merrie(sic) English weather...) So here in sunny old 35C mid-summer, you'd think I'd be able to knock off a few more clicks on the way to the moon. Think again.

There must be something inauspicious about the alignment of the planets for *launches* right now...

Launch #1

Staying in a hotel which happens to have a gym which happens to have a pool! Quite a rare combination, you'll find, when you travel on a budget at slim as mine. So I think,

great, I'll be able to contribute laps from Prague - how fantastically intercontinental.

So I go upstairs to check out the top floor fitness facilities (of which I only require the pool), cautiously expecting some moderate charge. But when I get there, what do I find? A 350 koruna fee for a 'full day's use'. Full day! I only want a few laps! I'm in Prague for the sum total of 4 days - why the hell would I want to waste a whole day of it in a hotel pool? I digress, let me clarify, that's about 9 pounds, 16 yankee dollars, nearly 25 aussie bucks!

Mission Status: Aborted

Launch #2

So in the wake of the swankerificly expensive hotel pool, it turned out that there might actually be a Plan B! That very evening, we met a chap who invited us to go swimming with him at the pool of his friend's wife, who owned a country club just outside Prague. Sound good to you?

Well it sounded good to us... the first time this guy offered... but the further he descended into his stash, the more vehement his invitiations got, and the less appealing the whole package started to sound: Afterall, we only met this random Nigerian an hour earlier when I knocked over his beer in a basement reggae club which we'd only ended up in because the jazz bar we were aiming for turned out to be closed down, and standing in the street outside, wondering what we might do next, some guy comes over and invites us to his bar, as he'd just seen us all half an hour earlier at the last pub... which happened to belong to his brother! Random.

Oh, did I mention that by 'all of us' I now mean, not only my comrade & co-conspirator, Mr Z, but 3 other Aussies we happened to meet in the afore-said pub. Not only meet, but happened also to know from a town sometimes referred to as Canberra. Good grief! Random!

So no, all things considered, we did not don our swimming trunks with the wife of the friend of the Nigerian guy whose drink I bumped in the bar of the brother of the owner of the pub my Australian friend was helping to paint as she cycles across Eastern Europe. Whoosh...

Mission Status: Aborted.

Launch #3

Ask NASA...
Mission Status: Questionable...