So this was it, the day of the last (official) mile of my Diabetes Swim 22 challenge – to swim 22 miles from the 22nd February to the 22nd May. It’s the equivalent of swimming the English Channel – so today I was going to arrive in France!
I was swimming, as always, with my bestie Viv (Ariel the mermaid) and I’d asked a good friend at work to join me, Heather, as she’d swum with me before.
I was a little excited but kept it in check, I still had to swim the mile.
The pool wasn’t too bad to begin with, there were a few people, it got a bit choppy but no white horses😁 but it soon started to fill up.
Viv and Heather were my bodyguards, which meant I could just plough on – apart from bumping into a small child who’d strayed into my lane all was good.
After a while I went to check my watch but Viv, who was mirroring my lengths, stopped me from looking – so I just carried on and trusted her.
She told me when I’d done half a mile and then 1 km, I was desperate to know the time, I knew I was going steady and felt like I was a little faster.
I just kept swimming, you get a lot of thinking done when you’re doing 108 lengths of a 15m pool.
I tried to look again but was told I was close.
It’s quite hard swimming with a smile.
Viv told me I’d done the 108 – I wanted to do 2 more, just to make sure the online tracker we use didn’t come up short.
I did it.
110 lengths, 1 mile and I’d only gone and broken my PB again and had done it in 50 minutes!!!
The three of us ‘high fived’ and I said “Bonjour!” and we had a hug😁 it was an amazing feeling.
I still can’t quite believe I can swim (although my technique needs some work, that’s next on my list) let alone swim a mile and complete the challenge.
When I set out in the beginning it was a daunting task, I was working on doing 3km per week, with hopefully managing to swim a mile in one go at some point. But, my stamina built up, I kept it slow and steady and stayed focused on the task in hand and enjoyed all of it – including the challenging swims when the pool was very busy!!
Now I have been challenged by a work colleague to swim up to 30 miles for a donation, I accepted the challenge. I’m loving it.
The question is – what’s next?! I need to have something to focus on. My ideas and plans have evolved and changed over the last month or so, my mindset has changed.
I will have to put my thinking cap on and search for a challenge that’s not completely out of my reach – just enough though that it pushes me.
Amazing things happen outside of your comfort zone – try it 😁