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The Challenge – Day 0

Tweet Today I begin, I have 33 days to get to the end. I wonder if I’ll make it, I know many who think I’m crazy – but even if I don’t at least I can say “I tried“. You are probably wondering what I’m on about eh? Well here in New Zealand we have [...]

Today I begin, I have 33 days to get to the end. I wonder if I’ll make it, I know many who think I’m crazy – but even if I don’t at least I can say “I tried“.

You are probably wondering what I’m on about eh? Well here in New Zealand we have a yearly event that sees people swimming from one side of the Auckland Harbour to the other – it’s call the Harbour Crossing Auckland (funny that eh!). You swim from Stanley Bay on the north right into the viaduct on the south. For one day all sea traffic is halted and heaps of people get in the water and swim.

Ocean Swim

Ocean Swim

It’s a total swim of 2.8kilometers (that’s 1.74miles for our US readers). You set off in groups (based on your estimated time to swim the distance) and you head out towards the first buoy. This buoy is 400 mtrs out, and if you can’t get to it in 14mins, they ask you to climb out and onto a boat.  From there it’s out into the harbour and onto the race to the end.

I love to swim, I love the sea – and each time I’ve seen this event come up I’ve thought “wouldn’t that be cool?” … well this year I started swiming before work for fitness (to help with muscle tension headaches) and I firgure … you know, why not?

So I have 33 days to get my flabby body into shape – not long really. My key focus will be fitness & to build up some stamina. I’m going to start pushing myself more and more in the pool in the mornings – with this week seeing me continue on 3 morning swims, next week looking to lift it to four, the next week staying at four but adding in a couple of afternoon sessions and .. well then I’ll see how I’m going.

I figure for good measure I’ll throw in a push up challenge too (given a few of my mates are doing it), which will help with upper body stamina and strength. So I’m starting on the One Hundred Push Ups challenge. I did 15 push ups in my initial test. I’ll have to be careful with this one because as a kid I broke my right arm really screwing up my elbow joint – it was grinding away like crazy.

So there is my challenge for the next 33 days, oh and I have a wedding (not mine – I’ve been married almost 9 years now) to attend in the first week of November – going to be sore for that.

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