In the morning we went for another ‘happy swim’ with the same crew! 🙂 Alessandra will start her swim tonight, so exciting! But we didn’t go for very long, just get in, splash around, kiss the green buoy for good luck, chat and get out again. The water is only getting warmer, and apparently it’s even warmer near France! 🙂
Alessandra gave us a ribbon, a little thing from Brazil. You put it around your wrist, tie three knots and with every knot you get a wish. It’s just a good luck thing. I thought it was very thoughtful. 🙂
Aand.. I bumped into a jellyfish. It was cute and moved like a little pudding. Hahah I could even imagine the sound effects: boink blub. It moved quite calm and gracefully! It’s also great to know that I don’t really fear anything in the water anymore. I’m actually intrigued. 🙂
It’s just so gezellig with that group and they’re really nice and also supportive. Every time we talk about the Channel or other open water swims I just get so excited to do mine. I’m still nervous and tense but right now the only thing I really want to do is swim that Channel and reach France. I just imagine all the things I would do when I’ve finished and it’s good to visualise it! It’s motivating and it puts you in the right mindset.
Tracy does keep telling me to relax. That I should get rest, sleep, eat and drink water. It’s very nice to have someone like her have take care of everything. I’m also not allowed to track Alessandra tonight because I need to rest for my Channel swim.. I’ll just see her tomorrow!
We also went to the beach from where I’ll be starting. First you go to the harbour where you’ll board the boat and then it’s a 20-30 min. boat-ride to the beach. You’ll jump in, swim to the beach. Once you’re ready there will be a horn and your swim starts! It was good to visit it so there wouldn’t be any surprises. 🙂 It’s also rather peaceful and nice, it always is to be near (calm) water.
You could barely see France though haha. Like a couple of buildings in the far of distance but I think they might’ve just been ships. You did see a darker vagueness far away. You must wonder what I was thinking looking out over the Channel. I thought: damn, soon I’ll be swimming across that, and I’ll have swum across that. That’s pretty awesome, I can’t wait to get started!
I’m ready! I’ve trained for so long, I have so many people who believe in me, who support me, who want me to reach France. And I just want to go! I want the start the end of the journey and bring it to completion. I’m scared but excited. I can’t wait!!
I am a nineteen-year-old girl from Baambrugge, a tiny village near Amsterdam, with big ambitions. I like to set big goals for myself, I like to explore my own boundaries and see if I can expand them.