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I'm training with Can Too for the 1km Ocean Swim!

1 in 3 women and 1 in 2 men will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. This means that potentially someone we love may have to battle cancer, and that’s a statistic that needs to change.

So I asked myself, “what can I do to help?”, and that’s where Can Too came in. Can Too provide professionally coached training programs for participants – of any fitness level – to run, swim and cycle their way to a healthier lifestyle and a cancer-free world.

In return, I am raising valuable funds that go towards innovation in the prevention, care, and control of cancer. Since 2005, Can Too have trained over 13,500 participants, raised over $18,000,000 to support 147 one-year cancer research grants through Cure Cancer Australia and Cancer Council NSW.

It would be fantastic if you could sponwsor me, or even better join me in a program!

Thank you for your support!

Fiona

My Training Blog

First week training!

Posted by Fiona, Monday 13th Nov

So last week was my first week’s training!  

Cardio gym session Monday. Code 5 Warriewood

Strength gym session Tuesday. Code 5 Warriewood 

Pool training in technique Wednesday

Ocean practice Saturday

Due to some mental health issues - this is all I accomplish on each of those days - but that in itself is a massive improvement on how much I have been able to do in the last couple of years. I am way out of my comfort zone - but as Tony Robbins says, that is where learning occurs!

A hiccough has been that I have been tapering off some mental health medication in order to change to a new one - and a side effect is physical fatigue. . My mental health is actually why I have chosen to take on this physical challenge!

An individual’s mental health, benefits so very much from regular physical activity - one shouldn’t rely only on pharmacological intervention only!

Well, the pool training was an eye opener!

Whilst a student teacher I had also trained as a swim instructor (1973) and taught swimming and coached squads.

But ..... as with everything else technique has changed and it appears I have been swimming ‘incorrectly’ for @57 years!!! I had to unlearn the freestyle stroke I had been doing for 57 years - I took on mouthfuls of water in the process!

The new approach made more sense when talking to Jonathan, a friend,  on Sunday and he pointed me to Terry Laughlin and “Total Immersion” swimming. This approach makes a lot of sense, so hopefully on this Wednesday night’s pool training I find the new style more comfortable,

How did the ocean practice on Saturday go, you ask. Well .... Mona Vale Beach was closed due to surf conditions so we walked around to the Basin. In any other circumstances I would not have gone in as there was knee deep seaweed in the shore break ...... yuck.

Practice today was a running (slow waddle) entry and exit and a wade or swim out around safety swimmers.  Exhausting , I could barely walk up the beach afterwards.

But ....... at the end of the week I had participated in all 4 training sessions ( to my current fitness ability)

...... there certainly is a long way to go ( and to improve) before Race Day on 28 January.

 

Thanks for reading and for supporting me in my personal challenge .......

but ....... most importantly thank you for your financial contribution to cancer research.....

 let’s advance the treatments, especially in the non invasive areas of immunotherapy 

let’s work together to beat Cancer!!!!

 

PS . Below is the seaweed monster that continually grabbed at my legs and tried to drown me

Why?

Posted by Fiona, Saturday 21st Oct

I have donated to the Cancer Council for over a decade. However when Can Too popped up on FB I read through the blurb and reflected on Cancer and how it had touched my immediate family ie: my Dad, Mum, brother and sister and me. Four out of five of us have had a diagnosis of cancer at some stage in our lives! Fairly daunting statistics! 

I then read on, and was pleases to see that some of the research projects Can Too have funded were at the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse - and I have always been impressed by this centre and especially its research into various treatments using immunotherapy. 

So yes I was in!

why the swim?

. Has been on my bucket list for a decade @##$&*

.i am out of condition ( barely make a very slow lap of a pool) whereas as a child I swam 2 km before school every day of the year -

*I need to be physically healthier and training for this event wil help me be physically healthier

.i have been, and continue to work on my mental health issues and decided that I needed a huge step out of my comfort zone

.swimming is great for my mental health

.swimming is great for my spiritual wellbeing.

 

so there you have it!

and

Why should you help? I can’t tell you what you should do - but here are some things to think about .........

*your donation funds cancer research

*we all know someone effected by cancer 

*be compassionate

*demonstrate loving kindness

*support me with your; encouragement, enthusiasm, motivation, technical support, fund raising support, get your friends to donate through my page etc

 

Thanks for reading

Fiona

 

 

 

 

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

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