I'm training with Can Too for a 1km and 2km Ocean Swim! - With the help of Big Mardee and Gram :)
I calculated is has been 10 years since I’ve done consecutive laps of a pool...alas I need some training! However, I am training with Can Too to conquer not just laps of a pool but a stretch of ocean!
The ocean in itself gives me the heebie geebies, let alone how far I will be swimming, and without the wall of a pool to push off every 50 meters. No doubt this will be a challenge, but if I make it, it will be a big achievement!
I am challenging myself not just for the sake of a challenge though. I am also raising money for cancer research. That is what Can Too is all about!! It’s remarkable just how many loved ones have been lost to a disease which still remains such a mystery.
I have lost both my grandmothers to cancer. Big Mardee (as we called her, as my name originated from the fact that my dad couldn’t say Grandma when he was small – I was known as Little Mardee) was a very keen swimmer. She was a swimming instructor in Canberra’s famous Manuka Pool in fact. I pray her genes become expressed in me as I train for this :)
Mum’s mum on the other hand, was not much of an outdoor activities girl. Dear Gram would be seen knitting a kilometre of scarf many times over before even contemplating the thought of swimming laps. I am imagining her having knit the lane ropes in the lap pool :)
Both were such different characters, but both beautiful women.
Thankyou all for your support and donations!
My Training Blog
2KM SWIM CONQUERED (whhhhaaaaaaattttt) - A rocky start to a rocky end.
Posted by Mardee, Wednesday 15th Feb
Yes ladies and gentlemen, you read correct, a 2km ocean swim was swam by yours truly!!
It not only marks the swim of all swims in this Can Too program, but also marks the END of the program L It is a bit sad really, the community is beautiful, and it was really special to be a part of it.
However before I leave this sponsor page, I will share with you the adventure this 2km was. True to how this all began (struggling to just swim 4 pool lengths), and how the journey continued (prawn in swimmers), the end goal 2km swim event was not smooth sailing...
My nerves were huge (double compared to the build-up for the 1km). I had not physically swum 2km consecutviely ever before, let alone in the ocean. The nerves built up throughout the week. I ate carbs galore in good stomach prep, did one extra swim, and attempted (unsuccessfully) to go to bed early the night before.
Everything was looking relatively in place, including the butterflies, cos at least they were being retained in the stomach. We got to the beach, I had my swimmers under my orange galore outfit, and went over to find where to be. Thought I was bang on-time – however turned out I was leaving things a bit slim, and so when I saw my captain it was all GO GO GO.
We hurried up to registration, got my timing anklet and cap, hurried down the stairs, guzzled some water, dumped everything I was carrying on dad, started running after my captain towards the sand, running back to dad because I still had my thongs on, running back towards my captain, running on the sand, seeing the rest of my training team in the water, running into water after my captain, and swam swam swam for a warm up (I didn’t even think of a warm-up no wonder I was short of time #noob), swimming a good distance out after my captain, then realised how short of breath I was after all this fast pace and nerves, and had to float on my back for a bit, before making my way sllloowwwlly into shore.
OH BOY was I done, even before the race had started (!!) However, gathering myself back on shore, seeing my training buddies, and a very good encouragement from my captain (thank you so much Emma), I was really well distracted from my nerves and my done-ness. We had pre-race pics #cantoo #smilesfordays and chat-chatted away. I was so well distracted in fact that I didn’t hear no announcement. Thank goodness for captain Emma once again – “Remember to look out for the green caps” (Those wearing green caps were in the first wave going out from the start and I was the only one in our swim training in this wave, being the youngest). She peered round, “THE GREEN CAPS ARE LINED UP!!” she exclaimed with a heighted voice and with urgency. Before I knew what this meant (as according to the clock there was still 4 minutes left before start time) Emma indicated me to follow her as she jogged ahead and weaved through bodies (It was very very crowded on the beach). A random (saw the colour of my cap no doubt) shouted towards us, “Through here!” as he lifted the barrier rope to let me in to the start area. I saw my fellow green cap-ers standing all clumped at the front of the shore, but before I could even look back, BOOOOOM, the gun was shot and all the green caps were running straight to the water. I HAD STARTED THE RACE, but hadn’t actually started!! “OH CRAP” I burst. I ran full speed ahead towards the water, the crowd almost parting for me, as I don’t recall any intense weaving, and followed my fellow green cap-ers without a thought in my mind besides ‘crap’. Mid run I pulled down my cap and clawed my goggles onto my head and suctioned them onto my eyes, crossing the start line by myself, and remained 20 m behind my wave for the rest of the race (rather, till the first buoy, as this distance ever increased throughout the race).
The positive side of this is that I had no time to think or see what and where I was about to swim in. Oh crumbs, the conditions were choppy alright!! If only the ocean was freshwater (a lot of water was swallowed :P )
BUT I FINISHED, my feet touched the sweet sweet sand once again, my parched mouth was out of the salt, my back was out of the sun (got burrrrnt) and familiar faces were around (thanks so so much support crew for being there!!!)
But there you have it friends, a rocky start to a rocky end of the Can Too Swim Program! (Love a good lol times).
Thank you ALL to those who came, those who sponsored, and those who I trained and swam with – what an experience!!!!!
First Solo Training!
Posted by Mardee, Tuesday 17th Jan
Did my first solo training today!! (Although it was because I missed the ocean training last week :P)
But it feels good to have done laps with my own iniciative (WOT EVEN, said Mardee never!!)
12 DAYS TILL 1KM SWIM... OH CRUMBS.
I CONQUERED SEAWEED - with an added surprise!!
Posted by Mardee, Friday 16th Dec
Saturday 10th December marks the day I conquered my fear of seaweed.
At the shore line was seaweed, stretching meters and meter and waist deep!! It was not until the deep ocean part where we were free of the stuff! But our training for this day involved swimming out to two buoys and back in again, out and in, out and in, out and in.
I managed a technique where I would be horizontal across the top of the water and would crawl my way through the seaweed, grabbing hold of chunk of it, to pull myself through the thick of it.
Each time I would come out I would have to remove chunks of it from my one-piece swimsuit.
We made it to the end of training, where we couldn’t resist chucking it round – WEED FIGHT. I had become immune.
So once removing the large chunks from my swimsuit, I left the beach feeling like a fresh boss! I drove home, tunes pumping (also recently conquering driving manual, so tunes pumping in the car were a new thing too – double fresh boss)!
Once I arrived home, I whipped off my swimsuit and was not surprised at all to have my whole body covered in tiny bits of seaweed! But what I was not prepared for was this...just as I thought I had got the worst of the seaweed off, a piece of weed fell to the ground on its own accord, or what I thought was a piece of seaweed UNTIL IT STARTED WIGGLING!
As I peered down, I discovered it was A BABY PRAWN! A PRAWN! I HAD A BABY PRAWN IN MY SWIMSUIT FOR NEARLY TWO HOURS!!!!! (See gallery for a pic of the prawn - I kept it in salt water on the kitchen bench for the weekend until it died, I was surpirsed it lasted so long since it had been on butt for two hours)
A big thank you to My Sponsors
The real heroes who are kindly supporting me achieve my goal.
Belle18 Feb 2017
You absolute brill bottoms! So proud!
Anonymous17 Feb 2017
Well done, you're a champion!
Anonymous16 Feb 2017
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Wifey Hehe16 Feb 2017
yay bean!! (hope this isn't too late :P)
Jan Coggins06 Feb 2017
Go Mardee, you are amazing and I thank you for your commitment to everything you do. Have a great day coming up.
Denise Sweeney02 Feb 2017
Well done Mardee
Danina And. Mal01 Feb 2017
Great work Mardee!!
Mads30 Jan 2017
Well done Mards!
Kate29 Jan 2017
Yayayay go mards!
Anonymous29 Jan 2017
Anonymous28 Jan 2017
You'll smash tomorrow Mardee!! Good luck! ????
Anonymous26 Jan 2017
F.gardiner25 Jan 2017
have a great swim! ~~~~~~~~
Share Of Artarmon Bunnings Bbq24 Jan 2017
Thanks for your help! Enjoy your swim. It's been great to meet you!
Michael23 Jan 2017
What a BOSS. Big M would be extremely proud and very supportive - surf swimming (and gardening) were really her thing - her mother used to be so concerned because she would go out with the men to the furthest breakers - very radical and brave when she was a girl. Daddo
Bev22 Jan 2017
So proud of you Mardz!! You weren't kidding about the seaweed!!what a boss!!Yes i'm sure Big Mardee and Gram will be cheering for you!! Go Mardz, you will do it! Love Mumma????
Fenella Temmerman21 Jan 2017
Go for it Mardee. Just now I heard of someone who was diagnosed with stomach cancer and within 6 weeks, life on this earth was finished. So glad you are swimming - all the v best.
Anonymous20 Jan 2017
GO for it Mardee, far as I know all the sharks are friendly :) pops
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Love your work Mardz ;)
Rachel09 Jan 2017
Yay Mards, you are such a champ!
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Ajd17 Dec 2016
Go you good thing!
Bethany16 Dec 2016
Yay Mardee!! <3
Carl R16 Dec 2016
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Anonymous08 Dec 2016
Go Chi! :)
Caitlin02 Dec 2016
Parsnip01 Dec 2016
proud of you bean <3
Matt29 Nov 2016
Good stuff Mardee. You will smash the swim no worries.
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Anonymous29 Nov 2016
Go Mardee! Praying for strength and endurance as you take on this fantastic challenge!
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