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I Live with a Neuromuscular / Spinal Condition and plan to 'Challenging My Limits' by undertaken a Swim, Bike and Run (well jog, well shuffle) at Ironman Kalmar in 2016.

In doing so trying to raise a few pounds for the Brain & Spine Foundation.

It's taken 38 years

DragonRunnerby DragonRunnerSep 7th 2015
So the final week is here, a challenge that I originally thought about during when I was around 16 years old, this Sunday I take challenge swim of Lake Windermere One Way. This is a 10.5 mile swim from Fell Foot down / up the lake depending on your view point.

I have been trying to think about the reasons that I have not done the swim before now and cannot really think of any one reason, my life has gone off in so many different directions. But it will be over 38 years since I put this in my bucket list, so when they say ‘don’t give up on your dreams’ â€" well this one hopefully will be concluded on Sunday afternoon. I have already started to plan other challenges for after. The first is that I have decided to go back to Kalmar on take on Ironman Sweden, this time in the Challenged Athlete section. I now know what is ahead of me here, so the will be no surprise and I feel more positive about the event already.

It's not to say that I will be complacent about the whole thing, but I know my weakness, and will be working on these more. I do now know more about my condition and the pitfalls this gives me, there are a few things I need to sort out. At present I will be self coaching again but this time around I am now a tri coach so will be putting the principles / beliefs I use into my own sessions and can incorporate more special Ironman specific items as well which I am gaining from undertaking the ‘Certified Ironman Coach’ program.

So my swimming is going well, I do realise that my average for a mile is slower than previous years and this my be down to the Neuromuscular condition (not really sure about why) but with a sub 38 minute average it will still put me on for around about a 6 hours 50 swim, depending on conditions and how I feel on race day.

There will be a lot to think about in the hours, but hopefully no negative thoughts. For me something I see this as advantage in that I know Windermere really well, as it been the base for holidays for a number of years, which makes it strange that I have left it this long to take on the challenge. So I have about 7k of swimming to do this week which will include a few acclimatisation dips in Windermere.

There are still a few outstanding challenges that I mentioned in the last few blogs but if you consider it has (hopefully) taken me 38 years to tick one off, they will be done sooner than later, I say with confidence.

One thing you will get from me is an open and honest option of where I am going with my life, however of late I seem to be caught up with a small group who have their own agenda and are going behind people to get their wishes, this may seem a natural thing to do, but when I feel they are not letting everyone know their plans, I remain dedicated to what I set out and commit to undertake, and the additional stresses of overcoming the negative impact of other peoples actions does not help with life in general. It would be easy to say cut them out, but it has an impact on what I consider my professionalism and also impacts on my time. I may be naive but if you have to keep something from someone, in my book that is deceitful.

Back to the positive after all it is race week, not only for me but for many in the club, with Ironman Wales, Challenge Weymouth and the Great North Run on the weekend. I hope them all the best in their individual challenges and look forward to hearing your own stories.

So onto the attempt at Windermere One Way and thank you for reading and your support.
 
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