This is a great poem written by our guest Steve Buxton from London who attended our Slovenian lake swimming adventure trip.
Swimming Strel Style- Lake Swimming Song
So this holiday I decided to go swimming instead
And it all started off at the beautiful Lake Bled
for sure I underestimated what lay ahead
But at least that saved me being filled with dread.
That first time in the water with Martin Strel
And about 800m across for me and my girl
“We´ve made it, we´ve done it” we were able to yell
Almost running up the steps to ring the bell.
By swimming to church, I might have gone more
As it was certainly more enjoyable than ever before
Just being in the water in such beautiful surrounds
With the lake & the mountains & such natural sounds.
Swimming Holiday Slovenia
To be swimming with such an inspirational bloke
Encourages me to keep improving my stroke
It didn´t matter being way behind the pack
As I meandered across lying on my back.
Being driven through spectacular countryside
Engaging my imagination to practice my glide
But out on the water there was nowhere to hide
Even though I tried on my front, back and side.
And so now we can swim in open water
Not quite as bad as lambs to the slaughter
Each time we swam we did more than before
Regardless of legs and shoulders that were sore.
Martin, Borut and Alex, those guys are just ace
At creating a challenging and swimmable space
They´ve shared their passion for swimming and fun
We became a family, one for all and all for one.
So adventure no 1 with Strel swimming is done
I´m grateful it was completed under the gaze of the sun
Tom, Liz And Barbara had set an impressive pace
But eventually we all arrived at the same place.
Written in August 2014 by Steve Buxton from London, UK