Monday, 19 May 2014

Don't Panic!

I think I might be the only one who isn't worried about me attempting to swim the English Chanel.

Maybe I should be? Maybe if I did panic it would help me to train harder? Although don't misunderstand me. I'm training very hard! I have been swimming 3-4 times a week for the past 8 months and as of next week I am stepping up my training so that I swim 6 times a week from now up until the big day.

But instead of worrying if I will complete it, instead of being concerned that something terrible might happen - which is what my family and friends all seem to be thinking about - I'm too busy wondering how fast I can do it.

Of course the closer I get the more I will worry. The faster the date approaches the bigger the panic at what I'm about to do will become. I'll no doubt start to regret finally committing myself to doing it and wish that I could just run away. Hide my head in the sand or beneath the waves. But at the moment I'm relishing the challenge, expecting to complete it and hoping to do so in a respectable fast time.

But I'm not being over confident and/or complacent. I still have a lot of hard work to do before I'm ready. I know that. I know that this is still all in my hands and if I want to complete my attempt to swim the English Channel - which I do more than anything else in the world - it is up to me and me only to be in the right shape at the starting line. Because if I'm not, there's no point in even getting my toes wet and I would only have myself to blame.   

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