Month: November 2006

Lamlash Splash – 1.3 Mile Sea Swim from Holy Isle to Lamlash

This summer I finally entered myself into the “Lamlash Splash”, a 1.3 Mile swim in the sea, from the Holy Isle to Lamlash pier on the Isle of Arran, just of the west coast of Scotland. The distance is not a problem for me since, during the summer, I had been doing roughly the same distance whenever I had a chance to get into the pool! I have never been a great fan of swimming in the sea, I guess it’s that unknown factor…you never really know what is beneath you, or behind you for that matter. Its probably because I am so used to swimming in the pool where you can see any obstacles and know your boundaries (the walls). After buying a nice 3mm Gul wetsuit and having a few swims around Sannox Bay I was ready for the big day! Of course you can’t just turn up and expect to swim that distance in a sea temperature of 13C without preparing your body for it. As well as the training, practicing in the sea, and plenty rest in the run of to the event, I had to make sure my body was fuelled up. People who know me know how much I can eat on an average day! In the days leading up to the event I stayed away from sweets, crisps, and fizzy pop and...

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My Journey to getting fATPL

At the end of this summer I am planning on starting flying school in order to get my Airline Transport Pilots Licence. This is a VERY expensive business costing in the region of £60,000 – £75,000! There are quite a few places to choose from if you want to learn to fly. Here in the UK the minimum licence you can get is the National Private Pilots Licence (NPPL for short), next is the Private Pilots Licence, Commercial Pilots licence and the Airline Transport Pilots Licence… Training for the Airline Transport Pilots licence is intensive and covers a vast amount of information. My preffered place to go is Flight Training Europe in Jerez, Spain. Just to show how much work is done at the course, here is a wee rundown of some of the sections: • Single Engine Flying Training – 118hrs • Single Engine Simulator Training – 8hrs • Multi Engine Training – 72hrs • Ground School Training – OVER 890hrs!! • MCC/JOC Training – 16 or 44 hrs depending on option chosen • Course Duration 60 weeks Entry requirements vary for each school but are usually around the same grades required for entry to a university. Once you have the grades, you then have to get a medical, costing around £400 from CAA to make sure you are in good enough health to fly a plane. The...

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Summer Swimming Challenge

I like challenges. This summer I have set my self a tough one! to try and get as close to the olympic qualification time for the 1500m freestyle (front crawl), currently I am about 5 minutes off the pace… so I definetly have my work cut out. I train in a 20m pool, so for the 1500m thats 75 lengths. I have managed it in just under the 20 minutes mark last year. However I have just started long distance swimming again (April 2006). Update: Set a personnel best for this year at 19minutes and 50 seconds ! Name: Glen Country: Scotland Current Club: None Previous Club: GUSWPC Born: 1984 Height: 6ft 1″ [185.5cm] Weight: 12 ¾ stone [81Kg]   Here is my training schedule which I have come up with, hopefully this will help me further improve my times! Training Shedule, twice a week Session 1 Session 2 Session 3 Warmup 200m Swim 100m Kick 100m Arms 200m Swim 200m Swim 100m Kick 100m Arms 200m Swim 200m Swim 100m Kick 100m Arms 200m Swim Main Set 1500m 5x100m on 75s 5x200m 2mins 30 25x40m 25x20m 25x20m Cool Down 100m Backstroke: easy 300m Freestyle: easy 100m Breaststroke: easy 300m Freestyle: easy 100m Backstroke: easy 300m Freestyle:...

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GSinfo.co.uk Complete Overhaul!

If you have visited this site before you may have noticed some changes! The old site just did not look correct and was hard to update and change. I am now using WordPress with the Ocean Mist Theme by Ed Merritt. So far I am Loving it! Let me know what you think! What do you want to see...

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