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The Challenge

Tweet It’s 6am on a Sunday and I’m up … couldn’t sleep too much last night. You know how it is when you have something coming up that you are looking forward too, your brain keeps actively thinking about it all night long. I ran through my check list probably 100 times, I dreamt about [...]

It’s 6am on a Sunday and I’m up … couldn’t sleep too much last night. You know how it is when you have something coming up that you are looking forward too, your brain keeps actively thinking about it all night long. I ran through my check list probably 100 times, I dreamt about rescue boats, bouys and goggles

Ocean Swim

Ocean Swim

Today is the day I do my first official ocean swim. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve swum in the ocean before. As a child I spent some time living in tropical countries & almost lived in the sea. But this swim today is one of those official swims, where they time you and all that.

I started out training for this, but (and this is a BIG but) over the past two weeks circumstances have transpired that have prevented me from doing all the training I wanted.

They say you really should at least ONCE have swum the full distance of 2.8 kilometers (that’s 1.74miles for our US readers) – I’ve swum maybe half that, in a pool, with some stops.

They say you really should have swum a few times in your wetsuit in the sea. I’ve practiced in a pool in my swim suit. Only bought a rash suit (not a wetsuit) during the week & I’ve not swum in it.

Your saying – You are crazy. All of this and you are still going?

Why am I doing this?

There comes a point in everyones life where they just have to challenge themselves to do something out of the ordinary. This swim might be something others can do easily & they do the whole series. For me, this is my Mt Everest (well maybe Mt Cook) – if I can make it to the other side of the Auckland harbor in less than 1 hour and 45 minutes, I’ll be so proud of myself. And if I can’t … well I can’t – but I’ll tell you something here. They will have to drag me out of the water, because I’m the sort of person whose body can be screaming to stop, and I’ll push on.

I guess it’s the whole “You can’t do that” thing. People tell me that and I set out to prove them wrong.

So, in 3 hours time I’ll be standing in a crowd listening to final instructions. In 3.30 (or 9:30am NZ time) I’ll be in the last group of swimmers to get away, and I’ll start making my way to the 400mtr bouy. If I can make that in less than 14 mins (my practices saw me do this in around 8 mins) I head out into the harbour proper and onto Auckland.

Full swim details & a map can be found here.

Thanks to all my Twitter followers for the WONDERFUL kind words of encouragement – I really do appreciate that.

Wish me luck, I’ll report back when I make it home

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