Dover, Day Five

I woke up incredibly late today, which is perfect because I need lots of rest. And I wouldn’t be swimming till Monday anyway..  We were kind of done waiting at home so we decided to go to Canterbury! It’s about a half-hour drive and there’s a beautiful cathedral there. First we went for a drink…

Dover, Day Four

Today was a quiet day. I went for a swim in the harbour again. There were some stronger currents this time. My mom found it funny to see me swim one way pretty slowly and the other way speedy-gonzales. Also when I tried to swim to the beach I kept being swept to one side…

Dover, Day Three

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…

Dover, Day Two

This morning I woke up for my first swim in the harbour of Dover, the same waters as The English Channel. Haha that makes me pretty nervous actually.. I met up with Tracy, my new coach and also with some fellow future Channel Swimmers. There’s Jim from America who has a slot in the period…

Dover, Day One

The day has finally come. The beginning of the end. The final part of my journey. The first day in Dover! My boyfriend stayed over the night before, for support and so he could wish me good luck and wave me goodbye. He had brought a shoebox and I wasn’t allowed to open it until…

Preparation

I was kind of stressed for Monday: a two hours training in open water keeping the same pace when crossing the Ijselmeer on May 18th.. People close to me have noticed by now that when I have to do something I don’t look forward to I get pretty grumpy haha. My mom suggested we go…

Eat, Swim, Call, Repeat

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…

Sacrifices

Obviously I was extremely tired after a weekend like that, nevertheless I still went swimming Monday morning including cycling there and back. I know, crazy.. And it’s not like I could just swim slow and take it easy because I had an hour test.. (swim as many laps as you can in an hour) Surprisingly…

Little Less Swim, Little More Fun

The Monday after the 5km test: rest day! Eight consecutive days of swimming is worthy of a break haha. So I met up with my two best friends from my village Baimbridge (it’s actually Baambrugge but we call it Baimbridge for fun sometimes). We had lunch together and chatted about our week, very gezellig! 🙂…

First Cold Water Test of the Year

Let me begin by saying that a week has never, ever in my life progressed so slowly as this week. I barely remember what happened Monday because it seems like a month ago but I’m gonna tell you as best I can.  Monday was just a standard swim day: 8x500m every 500m something different. Tuesday…

Relapse

Easter Monday, a very fun and gezellig day! 🙂 I spent it with my father’s side of the family. We were with 18 people, the little ones went to look for easter eggs and hares and afterwards we had a big easter brunch. I definitely needed to swim the day after haha. I hadn’t gotten…

Hmm.. Impressive!

Monday morning I swam 6km. It was after that I got my program for the week (sorry I sort of lied last week..) So for this week: 34 km including a training of 6km, 10km and 11km. I had already swum 6km so I needed to add a kilometer to one of the programs so…

Who Needs Eight Hours of Sleep?

This would be my first heavy training week after my easy rest week but it was surprised by the reasonably easy programs I was given. I woke up late on Monday and I felt like I needed a rest day. However, I realised that if I had to swim about 30km this week it would…

Mingling

Yaaay!! I have a rest week! 🙂 This does mean that I do have to do some form of sport of easy swimming. Marcel had made a program for me, I was allowed to swim 25km that week. Hehe I did 15km. Basically what I did all week was watch Netflix… I did still have…

100x100m: The Test

I just came back from vacation. One day of rest (Sunday) and I can already get started again on an intense program. Let’s start with Monday: 100x50m with each set of 10x50m a different focus point and to top it off 800m accelerating the last 200m. I know what you think: it sounds like a…

They Speak German In Italy?

It’s been a while since I wrote but that doesn’t mean my week was uneventful. I’m really sorry I haven’t written in a while but I was on holiday! 🙂 So this blog post is going to be kind of long but please do read it because I have a lot to tell you!  Let’s…

Meetup with Marcel

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…

Rainy Days

The rest of the week has been pretty rough… After writing my blog I took action: I sent my coach a message and I’m meeting him on Tuesday. I’ll keep you updated about how that went! I also finally had the courage to talk things out with someone else. In short, I wanted to be…

Valentine’s Day Special

Happy Valentine’s Day! 😀 <3 My Valentine (hate/love relationship) is the pool (obviously 😉 So last week I had to swim 34km in total. In the beginning I was quite terrible at spreading out my trainings but now I’m starting to get into a routine. I don’t work as much anymore so that gives me…

Leap Forward

Woop woop! My training this morning went really well! You know how I’ve said that I just couldn’t make 4km/h my average pace? Well I’m getting a whole lot closer! 🙂 So today I had to swim 5x400m in 5:45/5:50 leaving every 6:15 (to give you an idea: 6:00 for 400m is 4km/h) which meant…

Going up the staircase

Something clicked a couple days back. I was just swimming one of the programs Marcel sent me: 4x1500m. Usually when I have to swim a long distance in one go I freak out. It’s exhausting and it takes ages. This time, however, that nagging voice that keeps on saying: ‘I’m tired’, ‘It’s too much’, ‘I can’t…

Mental Strength

Everything I write is pretty uncensored. It might also seem like all I do is struggle with my trainings. It just feels good to write about my downfalls because the moment you write it down, half of it already falls off your shoulders. I think it might surprise you that you actually train your mind…

SWODing again

Let me tell you about my week. It started Tuesday, when I wanted to jump into the cold river water. The plan was to swim from café/restaurant de Punt towards the little bridge closest to my house. But the water turned out to be colder than I expected. I didn’t make it further than 100…

Holiday Repercussion

This was a pretty tough week.  The first training went alright I thought but I felt quite heavy while sliding through the water. I felt that my stomach was fat and that I was out of breath quickly. But that didn’t matter much because I was still able to finish the training with relative ease.…

Hopeless

Like the past couple of weeks, I’m exhausted before I start my training… The plan is to swim 10km, which is to and from Abcoude. My mom has agreed to come walk beside me. I think I should’ve taken a restday before swimming the 10km but ah well, fuck it, let’s just get this over…

Going strong

Today I followed a group-training at SwimGym so I could still get to 16km for this week and I did it! This was the first time that I went to SwimGym in the weekend and I very much liked swimming in a 50m pool for a change. It went pretty well! I also called my…

Support is all you need

This morning I had to swim 5km so that I could take a three-day rest afterwards. I went to Ijburg to visit a very good friend of mine and from his backyard I could just jump into the water and start swimming right away. He was there to guide me and walk along the road…

To boredom and beyond

So today I had to swim 40x100m with starting time 02:00 (so you swim 100 meters within 2 minutes, if you finish in 1 minute and 40 seconds you have 20 seconds rest and you do that 40 times). I thought I’d warm myself up by swimming 500m easy and then to start 08:16:00 so…

Crossing

Well, I am completely exhausted and done while writing this but I suppose that’s part of it. I feel like I’ve been having a no-energy-for-life-week and it’s been really hard to get myself to go swimming. Somehow it actually works to just tell myself I don’t really have a choice to catch a break because…

Restarting

In the past year I was supposed to have joined a club to improve my endurance again (because I hadn’t swum in a long time). When that is up to speed we can begin the actual Channel Swim Program.  But I hadn’t joined a club. It’s not that I didn’t try to but everywhere I…

Confronting Dive

Today I did my first open water training. Don’t expect too much..  As you may or may not have read, I have an irrational fear of swimming in open water (that includes tiny rivers or lakes like de Angstel or het Abcoudermeer) so I didn’t want to do this training alone. My dad came with…

The First Meeting

By now I was quite certain that I wanted to know more about the English Channel because the desire the swim it was becoming bigger. But where do you even begin? I haven’t regularly swum for about two years now, I’m not in contact with my old trainers from het Meerbad in Abcoude anymore, I…