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Final Update: 10 days to go. I feel good. I've put the time into training. I'm doing my self care for nagging little injuries. I'm working on the fear part but I know once we get going it will be all about focus and digging deep. Bring it.
Update May 22-19: So far the swimming is going great! I managed 5k the other weekend and this coming weekend I'll be doing 6k in the pool. Soon, weather permitting, we'll be hitting open water... a whole new ballgame at that point!
Update: I used to have a thing about swimming... but now that I've been training and working with some really amazing Masters swim coaches, I find myself looking forward to getting to the pool and the constant challenge that learning the technicalities of swimming brings. I also love that I don't hurt after training and this is going to be something I'll now continue to do for the rest of my life as part of my regular fitness programming.
Older post: So... I have this thing about swimming. In fact, I don't really like it that much. I have an irrational fear of sharks and things in the water beneath me... as well as drowning. I've never been a strong swimmer. I realized this early on when I repeatedly flunked the roll off the pool edge into the water during one of my swim badge tests... orange or yellow or some other entry level swim badge like that... I had a few swim coaches who felt bad for me panicking over rolling into the water and just pushed me through. Bonus in that I got to move on in my swim lessons with the other kids.... draw back in that I never overcame my fear of becoming disoriented while under water. I also never really became a good/strong swimmer.
Having said all that, I have a strong fitness background and love endurance events. I've been a huge fan of random personal challenges that intrigue me... and this one has been on my radar now for a while.
So, this is the year... the year I decided that I wanted to finally face my fear and take on the challenge of swimming across the Northumberland Strait in support of GivetoLive and Brigadoon. Not only do I get to face down a 44 year old fear of water... but I get to help people suffering with various long term health issues attend Camp Brigadoon. I'd say that my irrational fear of water is pretty mild compared to what some of these kids are facing... and I can easily say that no one has any idea how much this scares the heck outta me!
PEI also holds special meaning for me and I think it would be a huge honour for that meaningfulness to face down my greatest fear and sink my toes in red PEI sand at the end of it. Most people don't have the ability to do challenges like this as each day of their life is a challenge. I'm blessed with a life that allows me to do the Big Swim.
Your donations are greatly appreciated and hope we can surpass the $1500 commitment and give even more! Thank you for your amazing support!
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*Our Vision: Giving extraordinary kids the chance to be ordinary.
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