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 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…