Monday we started doing the real stuff.. My dad will from now on give me daily tasks to do (because I find it very hard to figure that out and do it) and like this we will be able to do everything one at a time.
It’s basically just calling and contacting a lot of people to see if they want to donate something or sponsor me, also for the event. I’m not very good at it and I always feel a little awkward asking people for stuff (calling sucks too) but I suppose it’s a skill the Universe wants me to learn.
My dad also contacted someone who has connections with the local newspaper. We met him once when I just about to jump into the Angstel. He asked me what I was doing, what I was training for and of course it led to a conversation about the Channel. He told us to contact him and I’m glad he still remembers us! He seemed to be enthusiastic about writing an article for the newspaper about me. That’s great of course!
I took a rest day from swimming and I also booked a vacation with my two best friends. 🙂 It’s one of those vacations you can book where you won’t know your destination until you get to the airport. Exciting! And it’s also really nice to look forward to things for after my Channel Swim.
I’m so focused on the Channel and training and the event that I forget there’s a life after this challenge. I really am looking forward to that though! You kind of start being done with swimming and you look forward to the next chapter in your life: to a change in the monotony of all the swimming. And I can’t wait to start studying Philosophy, meeting new people, letting things go, starting my own life. 🙂
Marcel had given me programs for a recovery week. So only 25km.. Hahah, a couple of months ago 25km would’ve been a tough week, now that’s the distance I swim to recover. Funny how that goes.. And all the programs were filled with technique exercises so I guess in that sense it really is a recovery week.
Tuesday I swam in the morning (4,6km technique) and again, sent loads of emails (to famous Dutchies that live in Abcoude) and made a few calls. I got hold of the Rabobank finally and I have to write my story in an email to them. In their commission they’re going to decide whether they will sponsor me or not. I’ve been told that people like reading what I write. I got full marks on a writing assignment once so I’m sure I’ll convince them *emoji wearing sunglasses* Hahah, no, it’ll be a challenge but I’m gonna do my best! 🙂
Wednesday was a busy day, I left home at 08:30 and got home at 20:30.. First, swimming (6,7km technique again) then psychologist, piano lesson, yoga and a SWOD at SwimGym. Incredibly busy day, pretty tiring, but it was very good. Exercising for 4,5 hours in total, 9,3km of swimming, understand my mind, musically developing myself. It’s nice to take a break from calling people and sending emails and worrying about whether you do all of those things right. Now I could just let that go for a second. 🙂
Thursday, again, calling, emailing, but I also wrote a couple of other things. I had to set up a program for the event on June 2nd, think of the text for the posters. I also wrote a little bit for the English Channel page for my website, I’m not done yet but hopefully it’ll be ready to publish soon. Also I got an email from Marcel; the date for my Ijselmeer crossing it set: 18th of May. How exciting!
On Friday I swam another technique training of 6,7km. And my dad made posters! We need to get people to come to the event of course, so we need to spread the word! Saturday I had to work and in the evening I watched a movie. I didn’t do too much these days but that’s alright!
On Sunday I still had to swim 4,4km. My parents and I went to the Loosdrechtse Plassen. It’s getting a little boring to swim the same bit on the Angstel over and over again.. The weather was great! It was incredibly hot in the sun and I didn’t think of bringing my wetsuit. I just had to cross the lake twice and my parents would be with me on the escort boat.
When we checked the water temperature it said 12/13 degrees Celsius.. That can’t be right.. Though once I got out I thought: yeah that could’ve been right haha. I’m sure it’s hilarious to see someone shaking from the cold on a day so hot. The water always takes a little longer to warm up. 😉
This was a great opportunity to experiment with food and it was also another cold training and a mental training of course. I still haven’t fully gotten over my fear of swimming in open water but if I look back I know I’ve come really far!
Afterwards I went boating with my best friends. Jaimie would be on the plane to Asia to backpack for two months the next day. So of course it was really nice to chill on the water in the sun, eat ice cream and just have a great time! The next time I’ll see her will be in a long time. And it’s also really nice to relax and enjoy the sun before it’s gone again. I mean the weather is very fickle here in Holland.
In the evening I went to a garden party. The sun was still there which was lovely but I was pretty sunburnt, what with all the swimming and bathing in the sun. It’s funny because my shoulders arms and face were definitely redder than the rest of my body. Not too much of a shock though. 😉
It’s great that I can still do fun things, like the garden party, with bbq, making cocktails and once the sun had set a campfire. I did leave early though. I was tired from the whole week and the next day I have to do a two hours training in open water. I’m not particularly looking forward to it.
A good nights sleep should make it a whole lot better. I’m kind of tired that swimming is always my priority, but the Channel is only two months away. And afterwards: celebrating my succes (hopefully)! Even if I don’t make it, training and working towards the Channel has brought me loads already! 🙂
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.