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"Are you limited by your Challenges" or "are you challenging your limits"

I Live with a Neuromuscular / Spinal Condition and plan to 'Challenging My Limits' 2017 my goal was the Lake Zurich 26km Marathon Swim.

Where do I go from here? #destinationunknown

Oh those Jellyfish

DragonRunnerby DragonRunnerAug 16th 2015
Getting back on track, slowly.

It really has been a slow process for me to get back anywhere near the fitness for the events I feel I want to take part in. Beside the limitations on my physical condition, which is not visible at first glance, there is the mental side as well - there are so many hangups I now have, which are affecting my confidence it is going to take me a while to get over them. It is strange even as a coach I can discuss with individuals their own situations, however as I self coach this is something that I do not get the chance to discuss, and it is so easy to talk yourself out of doing something. Physically I think I am going in the right direction but again could maybe be pushed a little bit harder.

I do however feel that the last few weeks I am going in the right direction, since deciding to pull out of the ‘Outlaw Half Triathlon’. New targets have been set but the potential end goal is the same. So we will see in the next few weeks if I need to change the main goal.

So what have I completed over the last few weeks, two swims (3.8 and 5 km) and a ParaTri. The 5k swim was the Great North Swim in Lake Windermere, an event which I have been taking part in for most years since it started, just find the Lakes so easy to relaxing in. It is also the same venue but a greatly different course that I will be undertaking in about 4 weeks. I must admit to feeling really happy with the time for the GNS, slower than other years but my training plan is a good few weeks behind this year, so where I should be on the plan, as this was a fun event for me there are no concerns.

The same must be said for the Wales Swim in Tenby, which is held as part of the Long Course Weekend, a local event which again was just for fun at least that just the plan. A nice pace held throughout, but left the water with a few Jellyfish stings, not had any of those for a few years. So after a few days of discomfort it was back to normal, the joys of open water swimming.

I have now recovered from the second completion of the Bridge to Bridge swim (Henley to Marlow) a gentle 14k swim down the Thames. The weather and water conditions were much better than 2014, and this partly resulted in an improved time. Another reason was that I managed to get my head down for the first 14k and got into the fast pod for the wave, and just managed to stay there till the end. Will I do this swim again, the answer is Yes but not sure when as I will need it to fit into my plans which I have yet to finalise.

This is going to be a short blog this time, I have other areas that I feel the need to let loose with, as some of you who have ready past blogs I have used as a release from some of the concerns I have, and a big one at present is the parity in ‘Para Sport’ as a ‘Age Group Athlete’.

Thank you to everyone for your support over the last few weeks. Now of to decide on 2016.

Next stop - One Length of Lake Windermere (10.5 miles)
 
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