Keyvan’s 14k swim for Alzheimers – Update 10

Next week marks the half way point in my preparation for the Thames 14K swim marathon followed shortly after by the Dart 10K. In that time I have made some wonderful friends, learnt to swim far more efficiently and in the process drank a whole swimming pool worth of water!

It has been hard at times.

Getting up at 4:45 for a hard swim session in the pool at 6 is tough. Going to the pool at 9pm for a  technique session is hard.

Dale, Jason and I along with another 10 squad swimmer after a very cold session in the lake, ending with a brawl in the water over Easter eggs!

Swimming in the same lane with some hard and fast swimmers and trying to keep up with the pace is painful. At times, when we are on long sessions against the clock, the thought “I don’t have to be doing this” does come to mind, but I am learning to set that short term pain against the gloomy backdrop that is facing us all….The pain, suffering and the lost years that beckons the Dementia patients and their carers.  That coupled with the thought of all you supporting this endeavour with you very generous donations, somehow propels the mind to engage harder and dig deeper. It is an amazingly liberating feeling.

Easter swimming

With the warming temperatures, open water swimming is fully now incorporated into our training plans helping us to try out the hard earned techniques through the pool season back in the open water.

2K Swim with a group of super fast (sub 1:30 /100m) swimmers

At the start, with the air temperature at 2°c and water at 10°c, the swims were short and sharp. Get in. 2 laps. Get out. Shiver for sometime! However, as the days have got longer and the temperature has risen, the swimming distances have also increased up above 3-4K.

Mum & Dad looking real cool!


Lake 32 – Just two others in the lake


Fundraising for Alzheimer’s Society

I am training for the Henley-on-Thames 14K swim marathon and the Dart 10K this year, while attempting to raise £5,000 for Alzheimer’s Society. You can donate toward this amazing charity via JustGiving:

I am grateful for all your support and thanks very much for reading.

Keyvan Shirnia

By Daniel Swann