Natalia Miller

Balmoral 1km Swim 2020

I'm supporting cancer research and prevention with Can Too Foundation.

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?” That’s where the Can Too Foundation 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 Foundation have trained over 15,000 participants, raised over $21,000,000 to invest in 168 one-year cancer research grants.

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

Thank you for your support!

My Updates

Rain, hail, or shine!

Thursday 5th Mar

Tuesday's session was a bit chilly in the rain, but I managed to swim my longest distace yet - 1900m! During the swim I did 400m hard without stopping, which is another personal best for me. 

Looking forward to more strong sessions - 4 weeks to go! 

Week 5 - halfway there!

Monday 2nd Mar

For the last weeks we've been battling wild conditions on Saturday morning at clovelly, with poor visability and water quality. It made it really difficult to keep on swimming when the water was murky, choppy waves would fill your mouth every time you took and breath, and you'd surface with a chocolate wrapper across your face. But we persevered and were rewarded with a spectacular day last Saturday! 

We were able to challenge ourselves by swimming the full length of the bay and back, with a few laps of running on the beach inbetween. If you look closely at the photo you can see the look of mild trepidation on my face as the coaches told us the plan for the morning. To my suprise I made it all the way out and back with only a breif moment of panic as the waves became choppier further out. I managed to pull myself together quickly, put my head back in the water, and swam back to shore feeling strong and proud of myself. It seems like a such an easy thing for others but was definitely a milestone for me!

 

Week 3

Monday 17th Feb

Over the last 3 weeks I've been getting in some extra swim sessions and have seen a massive improvement already. 
Just a few months ago I was struggling to swim freestyle for 50m... and yesterday I hit my new PB of 1.4km in the pool! 
I've been focusing on my breathing technique, which is still one of my biggest challenges, and have become much more comfortable with bilateral breathing.

It was a pretty spectular morning at North Sydney pool on Sunday, and the view definitely made that early morning wake up worth it!

 

Throwing myself into the deep end!

Sunday 9th Feb

Hey friends and family! I have recently signed myself up to my newest fitness challenge and need your support.

Through the cancer fundraising organisation CanToo I'm going to be conquering my fear of swimming in the ocean, and participate in the Balmoral 1km ocean swim on April 5th. This is BIG deal for me as I have never been a strong ocean swimmer, and up until recently hadn't swum the length of a pool since I was a kid. Despite being a little apprehensive about my abilities.. I'm pretty excited to learn a new skill, push my body in a new way, and raise money for a great cause at the same time!

For 10 weeks I'll be training with CanToo twice a week at Andrew Boy Charlton Pool and Clovelly Beach, plus committing to extra swim sessions in the week on my own (those of you out there who are shift workers, you know this is a big deal in itself!). At the same time, I have set myself the challenge of raising $1000 for cancer research - a dollar for every metre I will swim on race day!

I'll be updating this blog over the weeks with my progress, and will need lots of support and encouragement. If you're in a position to donate that would be absolutely fastastic; but also as the weeks go on and the weather gets colder I will also be needing all the cheering-on I can get! 

Thanks all! x 

 

Thank you to my Sponsors

$100

Anonymous

$100

Amy Vero

Go Nat, you superstar!

$50

Alice Czerny

Good Luck Natalia

$50

Rachel Zehner

Good on ya Nat!

$50

Jack Richardson

$50

Gemma Kenny

Good luck gal! You’ll be great ??X

$50

Katy Hunt

$50

J & B Douch

Why was the ocean embarrassed? Because the see-weed. And good luck Nat! You'll do swell.

$50

Elizabeth Kohn

$50

Sinead Kirrane

Best of Luck Nat on the big day! Goodluck with the rest of the training, you’ll do great! Lots of Love, Sinéad x x

$30

Bec Skountzos

Wowza Nat! What a challenge! Well done and goodluck! Xx

$25

Oli Pillay

Good luck Nat! You will kill it :)

$25

Em Pitman

Go Nat 🎉🎉

$20

Rebecca Smith

$20

Natalia Miller

$13

Pat Richardson

Swimming doesn’t tickle

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