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 make sure I wouldn’t be attacked by swans, be overridden by boats or get drowned because a zombie would grab my ankle and drag me down in the mud. It’s always safe for someone to watch you!
I didn’t make the 5km, unfortunately; I was exhausted from the training of the day before, I had the tide against me and I was in a place I hadn’t swum before so I got exhausted pretty quickly and after 3km I was quite done.
I am so grateful to have friends and family members that want to help and support me, though. That there’s always someone who will walk beside me or sail on a boat next to me to make sure nothing bad happens and to make me feel safe.
It really gives you a boost when people say they admire what you’re doing and that they’re proud of you and that they think you’re crazy but that they do think it’s cool what you do.
It helps me believe in myself and you know you’re doing it for yourself and that you have to do all the hard work and the training but it just feels like you’re not alone or you don’t have to do it alone. You feel like you’re the leader and the face of the project but you have a whole team that adds just a tiny bit of confidence and motivation with everything you do.
They make all the hard work seem a little lighter and I’m just grateful that so many people are willing to help me and guide me! So thank you to all those people! 🙂
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.