Fear of Splashing – Training Blog – June

Fear of Splashing – Training Blog – June

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On the 2nd July I will take part in the Great Manchester Swim.  This will involve swimming one mile around Salford Quays!

For me this is the biggest challenge of Sixteen in 16 for the Alzheimer’s Society.  You might think that sounds strange, I have already run 30 miles, I will be climbing Ben Nevis at night. One mile of swimming doesn’t sound much at all does it!

Well this is the toughest challenge for me because I have to conquer a fear to complete this.  When I was thirteen years old I had a bad experience swimming in the sea in Majorca. I hadn’t been in open water since then until last year when I forced myself to jump in the sea for a couple of minutes.  I had pretty much given up swimming having been quite a good swimmer when I was younger.   So over the last 6 months I have re-taught myself the technique of swimming to take on this challenge.

Why put myself through this for these challenges, there were many more things I could have chosen.  Well those who are diagnosed with dementia have to face fears and confusion as their life changes around them.  Their families also face fears of losing their loved ones, how they are going to look after them and keep their own lives going.  All these people in the world have no choice but to confront their fears and do the best they can to tackle them.

I have slowly built up my swimming, hitting the pool 3 times a week in the morning before work.  Carrying out a number of different sessions to improve my technique and stamina. It has definitely been three steps forward, two steps back along the way.  Improving from having to do a mix of front crawl and breast stroke to just front crawl, working out a training schedule that stopped me getting really painful cramps and stopping progress and the biggest one tackling that fear of getting my head down in the water.

I couldn’t have got this far without the support and encouragement of others. Specifically Nick Tatlow for taking me for my first open water swim, Tara Underhill for suggesting nose clips to tackle the issues I was having with breathing and getting my head in the water and Lindsey Adcock on lots of tips and advice on open water swimming and of course everyone that has encouraged me along the way.

So sat here writing this a day before the event, I have done all I could have done, I have got over the fear of my head in the water, even when it is green murky lake water!   I have improved my technique and wont be too far off the back of the other swimmers and feel I should be able to cover the distance and complete the challenge.

I am proud of myself for tackling this fear, I actually now enjoy swimming in a wetsuit in a lake more than I do in the pool and I think I will continue to keep my swimming up once I have completed the Great Manchester Swim and a Triathlon in the Autumn.

If anyone would like to sponsor me for conquering one of my biggest fear you can do at www.justgiving.co.uk/sixteenin16

Training Song of the Week

Eye of the Tiger – Survivor

Rising up, back on the street
Did my time, took my chances
Went the distance, now I’m back on my feet
Just a man and his will to survive

So many times it happens too fast
You trade your passion for glory
Don’t lose your grip on the dreams of the past
You must fight just to keep them a live

It’s the eye of the tiger
It’s the thrill of the fight
Rising up to the challenge of our rival
And the last known survivor
Stalks his prey in the night
And he’s watching us all with the eye of the tiger

Face to face, out in the heat
Hanging tough, staying hungry
They stack the odds still we take to the street
For the kill with the skill to survive

 

It’s the eye of the tiger
It’s the thrill of the fight
Rising up to the challenge of our rival
And the last known survivor
Stalks his prey in the night
And he’s watching us all with the eye of the tiger

Rising up, straight to the top
Had the guts, got the glory
Went the distance, now I’m not gonna stop
Just a man and his will to survive

It’s the eye of the tiger
It’s the thrill of the fight
Rising up to the challenge of our rival
And the last known survivor
Stalks his prey in the night
And he’s watching us all with the eye of the tiger

The eye of the tiger
The eye of the tiger
The eye of the tiger
The eye of the tiger

 

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