Nilan Bhattacharya

Balmoral 1km Swim 2019

Weekly progress

Week 1 (Thu, 14 Feb, Sat, 16 Feb)

What was I thinking?  Pool session was difficult.  I finished the first 2 x 50, i.e., 2 lengths of the pool.  The second and third set of laps was difficult.

Saturday pool session:

I had to leave at 7.00 am to commute to Balmoral beach.  It was a beautiful sunny day.  The beach is great for swimming.  This might have lulled me into being hopeful?

We swam to the buoys - apparently 25 m one way.  I struggled and took breaks by swimming breast stroke.

What was I thinking!?

Week 2 (Thu, 21 Feb, Sat, 23 Feb)

Pool session included a few 25 m x 2.  Then a few 50 m x 2.  Again struggling.

I joined a gym.  This week I focused on spinning/cycling.

Can I really do this?

The rest of the week the weather was cold and rainy.  On Saturday morning I had to wear a sweat.  Of course, it wasn't the cold which was a problem.  It's the swimming!!!

We swam three sessions of 100 m each.  It seemed like much more.

I can't avoid fund raising anymore.  

Week 3 (Thu, 28 Feb, Sat, 2 Mar)

This is for real.  I took at look at the training program given by Cantoo.

I continue cardio sessions in the gym.

In the pool, I was able to swim 200 m comfortably.  

Still not sure why the ocean swim is more of a struggle.  We swam a bit further in the ocean.  The distance seems more than we are told.

Week 4 (Thu, 7 Mar, Sat, 9 Mar)

Pool session included swimming, 50, 100, 150, 100, 50.  I think I did 50, 100, 50.

Ocean session was swimming a bigger loop

Week 5 (Thu, 14 Mar, Sat, 16 Mar)

Pool sessions included 200 m warm up.  Few drills - 200 m.  Benchmark involved swimming for 15 mins - 500 m.

Saturday was cold and blustery.  The water temperature was fine.  Water was choppy.  We swam loops of 300 m. I did 3 loops.



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

I signed up for a 1 km ocean swim. 

I need your support and donations.  





The Can Too Foundation provides 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.

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.

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 $20,000,000 to invest in 158 one-year cancer research grants.

Thank you for your support!



Cantoo list of researchers:



Thank you to my Sponsors


Arun Bhattacharya

Sorry for the delay - my surgery got in the way. Great cause! Godspeed!


Ashis Bhattacharya

All the best


Deepak Bhonagiri


Reema Bhattacharya Psychotherapist Llc

Vijayi Bhav!!



Can Too is a great cause. As part of the program, they have created a very supportive community. I'd like to contribute to their cause.


Ajay Walgude

Keep up the great work Nilanjan


Manoj Kulkarni

All the best, bud! Great cause.


Rajesh Gujarati

Good luck old buddy!



Keep it up


Vivek Mishra

Please keep in touch. Good Luck!!!


Ved Dubey

Best of luck Nilanjan. It feels good to learn that you are participating and raising funds for such a great cause.


Ayon Bhattacharya

This is really awesome. Get after it!


Parimal Dandekar

Good luck

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