Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, along comes http://gaelforceevents.com/en/the-great-fjord-swim
Last year, I took on the Killary Fjord 2k swim organised by Gael Force. I haven’t done any other Gael Force events, but they all come recommended, and the swim certainly wasn’t disappointing. I did have a few ‘amateur’ problems, not least the famous incident with the shortie wetsuit, but since then, I have picked up a decent full length triathlon wetsuit (Speedo), and introduced my neck and other exposed bits to the wonder of Glide.
So perhaps fate is colluding to push me towards taking on the Iron Man* swim of 3.9k. After all, if we go ahead with the Galway Full Iron Man, then we’ll have to swim the distance. The recently-announced event can be found at http://www.challenge-galway.eu/
(The nomenclature of all these triathlons has me somewhat mithered. The Sprint, Standard, Middle and Long distances are, as far as I can work out, equal to Sprint, Olympic, Half and Full Iron Man. Then of course, you can throw in the 70.3 and the 140.6, and the 5i50… confused yet? There’s also Super Sprints… I guess the main thing is to avoid upsetting the branding people. Iron Man is a brand. Hence Hard Man in Killarney is a full Iron Man but they can’t use the brand.)