I was so extremely tired on Monday.. Weird dreams had been haunting me and I didn’t feel very well rested when I woke up.
I went to Leiden University and joined a student to see if I liked what she studied. I do have to think of what I’m going to do after crossing the English Channel too you know. 😉
So I joined a few lectures of Philosophy: Global and Comparative Perspectives in a study hall where Einstein once taught classes! 🙂 I thought it was extremely interesting! They not only teach Western philosophy (Kant, Wittgenstein, Sarte, Descartes, De Beauvoir, Mill, Bentham, Socrates, Aristotle, Plato etc.) but also Eastern philosophy (Arabic, Indian, Buddhist perspectives, Chinese etc.) and hopefully African philosophy (it’s quite a new study so the program is still being formed). So they give you good view of the philosophies around the world and how they’re different.
Though no matter how much I enjoyed it and how, as we Dutch people say, gezellig it was, it had drained quite of a bit energy making my training pretty tough..
It was only 5km but I wasn’t pleased at all; I had definitely underachieved…
The next day I went to Leiden again to see if I liked Linguistics. This is also something I’m extremely interested in: the way language works, how it’s formed and structured, how it’s different around the world and the history behind it. Unfortunately one of the lectures couldn’t go through but it was still a very informative day.
In the afternoon I went to The Hague to meet my coach Marcel. We talked about the upcoming tests:
*9-11 March: 24km including a 100x100m on Sunday 9 March.
*14 April: 5km test.
*26-29 April: 30km including a 10km test on Sunday 28 April.
*26 May (20:00)-27 May (08:00): 12×1 mile.
*Last week May/first week June: crossing Het IJselmeer which is 22km (this will be my ‘swimming six hours in under 16 degrees Celsius’ test which you have to pass before you can cross the Channel).
If you want to stay updated then write these dates on your calendar! 😉 (Don’t worry I’ll still write about it! 😉 )
I can do part of my trainings in the open water again when the water is about 14 degrees Celsius (around April) with wetsuit and around 16 degrees Celsius without wetsuit. In June I’ll be able to swim in the sea maybe even with a group that Marcel is coaching.
I need to experiment with food (what my stomach can bear when I’m swimming), I need to buy grease against abrasions and get used to it and do core stability and arm exercises to strengthen my muscles.
I was also too focused on the times and limits. That’s what really brought me down. I saw that other people were achieving better results, I thought Marcel had certain expectations and that he thought I was a hopeless loser if I didn’t reach them.
If I’m having a bad day I can try to other things that will benefit me when I’m the Channel like focusing on technique. As long as I keep going forward and keep swimming the distances!
I felt a little overwhelmed when we were done talking but I really appreciate our talk now! It definitely showed in my training this morning!
I woke up like four times last night but my training went pretty well! A weight has been lifted off my shoulders and I can swim more relaxed now! It’s not about the times, but the distances!
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.