Just keep swimming!

Apologies for not updating the challenge blog sooner, the 11th challenge of the year is rather a long one and it’s sort of taken over my routine a bit.

The Aspire Channel Swim runs from the beginning of October to the end of November (12 weeks) and is asking me to swim 22 miles over that time period (aka the width of the channel). 

So that’s what I’ve been doing, swimming. Trying to channel my inner fish (every pun intended!). It started out swimmingly (again!) – the pool was quiet, it was therapeutic to think of nothing but counting down the lengths until I’d ticked off 64 and another mile and my technique and times were improving. 

But then I’ve hit a bit of a wall, I got bored and resented that the once therapeutic activity was now so ingrained in my routine.

And it got me thinking (during my latest mile) – how does anyone swim the actual channel?! I’m in awe of the likes of Rachel Carman, the first woman to complete the Arch to Arc Triathlon. The triathlon starts with an 87 mile run from London’s Marble Arch to Dover, from there it’s a swim across the channel, followed by a 180 mile cycle from Calais to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Only 24 people have ever completed this and my brain boggles at the thought!  

Thinking about the scale of that challenge, and how I’m so thankful I’m only attempting one mile at a time, I think I’ve swam over that wall. I’m 75% of the way through challenge 11, with only 5.5 more miles to go. I’m determined to smash it and get it all done before December arrives and then on to challenge number 12.

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