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Never giving up on your dreams – The final stretch.

 Never giving up on your dreams – The final stretch.

3 weeks to go and I can’t stop thinking about stepping foot on French soil….I can already smell the baguettes. Time is going by so quickly so this will be my last blog post before I embark on the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life. I’m going to write a bit about what I’m going through physically and mentally right now.

These last few weeks are definitely the hardest part of the training. Everything I do each day is now revolving around being in the best possible shape to complete the challenge. My diet has to be spot on, my sleep has to be perfect and my training foolproof.

I’m training every day now, alternating between a tough 5-10km set and an active recovery day which involves a 1km easy swim, gym work and lots of stretching. My diet has to be nutrient packed, with a good balance of vegetables, carbohydrates, protein and good fats. I’m aiming to get in bed by 10pm each night to get a good 9 hours sleep.

Mentally, things have been extremely tough. Not once in this whole journey I’ve ever considered giving up, although when I’ve been swimming in cold water for 5 hours I do question, “why would anyone put himself or herself through this?”. I think there are two sides to what I’m going through mentally, when I’m training and when I’m not.

When I’m training I’ve had to train my mind to overcome difficult times. There are always stages when all I want to do is quit and call it a day but I know that if I quit then this will have a knock on affect mentally once I get out the pool. I’ll be disappointed in myself and start questioning whether I’m up for the challenge. It’s even harder in the cold water. I have to continuously tell myself that I’m really warm and swimming in this cold water is really refreshing, when in actual fact it’s freezing cold and I’m incredibly uncomfortable. I find thinking and focusing on warm things such as hot coffee, warm climates and fire helps this.

The mental side of things when I’m not training is also extremely tough. I feel a lot of nerves coming from the sinking reality that I’m actually going to swim to France wearing nothing but speedos, a hat and goggles. Nothing great is easy; if it were easy then everyone would do it!

I can’t see myself failing and I’m going to give it everything I’ve got and more.

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See you on the other side,


Date: 25/07/2017
Author: Chris


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