Oh my, what a shot – with the Custom House in the background, I shall treasure this forever. When I’m old and if I can’t do this anymore, I shall look at this picture and say in a shaky voice “I remember kayaking up the Liffey under O’Connell Bridge” …. and people will have to believe me!
What an amazing day – unexpectedly so. It was horribly wet when I started out on the bike at 6am this morning, to cycle 15k into work, and it was very tempting to take the car and spend an extra 15mins in bed for good measure. But I dragged out the wheels and the rain gear and got going, because there’s no time to lose. I need to cycle a 210k mountain bike section of the Concern Uganda challenge in November. After finishing work at 3pm, I biked back down to the Liffey and joined Adventure Training Ireland, who are helping me with my Kayak training. To be honest, it was hammering rain and I wasn’t really looking forward to it, but I sucked it up, hopped down onto the ‘sit-on’ kayak and headed up the Liffey towards O’Connell Bridge. The sun suddenly came out and I had an absolutely wonderful hour of pure magic. It’s such an unusual treat to see the city from this angle. If you fancy checking it out – check out ATI – they’re based down by the Jeanie Johnston at the IFSC, and you don’t need to know how to kayak, to get out on the water with them. They’re great.
I cycled back home to Blanch – and grabbed the car and a wet suit, flying over to Malahide to swim with long-distance swimmer Fergal Somerville – who swam the English Channel last year, and is going to be swimming the elusive North Channel on July 10th. Again, I didn’t really fancy this – and again, the rain which had returned, cleared up abruptly, the sun shone through, and I found I loved it…… AFTERWARDS!! lol. Bit of a pattern emerging here.