Why am I doing this?
Earlier this year, I injured my back. I have had back problems for a long time and after having a baby my back issues got progressively worse.
My dr recommended swimming. Swim, swim swim.
I know how to swim and I love to swim but I hadn't actively swum laps for many years. I would say since school. I found another charity who were raising money by swimming 20km in a month so I signed up and started swimming.
It took me a while to build up my confidence and I would aim for 1km 3 times a week. In my local 25m pool this was 40 laps.
I then started to push myself to 60 laps and that would be my minimum. I made the 20km in 26 days (I even had taken a week off for a holiday in this time) and since then I have been addicted.
To me, swimming is a mental game. I swim in groups of 20 laps. Get through 20, then the next 20.
I took some time off around May and June to have back surgery and since then I have been working up to 2.5km - 3km about 3-4 times a week.
Before swimming and before my back injury, I loved to weight train. That was my thing. I would train 5/6 times a week and at one point I was about to compete in a bodybuilding competition (that got cancelled because of covid lockdowns). When I found swimming, I loved to have something to focus on. A goal. A challenge to build my fitness and strength in the water. Physically and mentally. It gave me pain relief from the constant agony of my back, and it also gave me mental relief and a physical challenge.
Lap swimming is so different to anything I've done before. I'm left alone with my thoughts. All I can think about are the strokes, the line on the bottom of the pool and breathing. Stroke, Stroke, Stroke, Breathe. And repeat.
Aside from the physical benefits I have seen from swimming, the mental benefits have been immense. It's like meditation. Time where I cannot think of anything else but breathing and stroking. A few days without swimming now and I get a bit itchy for a swim. I need to get in the pool to clear my mind. It's a hard reset for my brain.
So that leads me to Can Too.
I really wanted a new challenge. A swimming challenge. I am obsessed with the ocean and it seemed like the perfect opportunity to try ocean swimming. After dinner with a friend and talking about maybe just trying ocean swimming but not knowing where to start she mentioned that some of her clients have done Can Too and they loved it. Not only is it a supportive environment where there is a group of people who are all trying to achieve the same goal, they are all working to raise money for a really worthy cause.
I was instantly excited to get involved and I signed up at the 11th hour (just in time for week 1 training) and have loved every minute since. Swimming can be such a lonely sport and I have found so much enjoyment out of meeting new people and swimming together in the pool and in the ocean.
Next February, I am swimming three ocean swims. Whale Beach, Bondi Beach and Shark Island (Cronulla). These are between 2km - 2.8km ocean swims.
I have a goal to raise $1,360 for Cancer research.
If you can, please consider donating to this cause. 1 in 4 people will be diagnosed with Cancer in their lifetime and Can Too are working to invest in research to better prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.
I am so grateful for any donation to support me on this journey and the work that Can Too do.