A few weeks ago, I went down to Bournemouth with my Mum and Dad to watch them do an incredible thing; they swam 1.4 miles in the sea, from Bournemouth pier to Boscombe pier. They have done many open water swimming events before, but this is the first one that I got the pleasure of watching. The whole event had an amazing atmosphere, with everyone’s friends and families there to support the swimmers and celebrate their success. I’m so glad that I got to be a part of it and I’m so proud of Mum and Dad for completing such a tough event.
The swim started at midday and unfortunately by this time the sun had gone in and it was starting to look a bit gloomy. The swimming conditions weren’t great because it was quite windy, meaning that the sea was quite rough. Mum and Dad were both a bit nervous because they hadn’t done a big swim in the sea before, despite having a lot of experience with open water swimming. So, bearing all of this in mind, the fact they finished the swim in only 1 hour 4 minutes was an amazing achievement. They both said that it was a tough swim due to the unpredictability of the waves, which meant that it was difficult to time their breathing without getting a mouthful of sea water; when they described it to me, it sounded very unpleasant! But it’s all these things which make me even prouder of their achievement.
Mum and Dad have been open water swimming for a few years now, and they constantly inspire me to give it a go myself. They are my idols and probably the coolest parents ever. So, I’m doing my first open water swim on 21st September. It’s a 1-mile swim in the Serpentine in Hyde Park, London and is the biggest open water swimming event in the UK. I’m doing it with Mum and Dad, so they can give me some moral support and keep me going! Training is going well so far and I’m doing my first practice swim in a lake in a few weeks’ time. I know the swim is going to be a challenge for me as I’ve never done anything like it, but it’s so important to do things in your life that push yourself to the limit.
Come back in the next few weeks to get a training update and then a few weeks more to find out how the real thing went!
Just keep swimming!
If you feel inspired and want to sign up for the Swim Serpentine, follow the link below!