If nothing else, I’m trier. I’m a Try Athlete who loves attempting new sports activities and actions and who tries to not let my lack of potential or talent or my measurement and form (I’m not a thin dipper) cease me from having fun with sport and certainly, life.
Having been bodily disabled as a toddler and 354lbs and depressed as an grownup, I now use being lively so as to add years to my life and life to my years. I’ve misplaced loads of weight (though I’ve regained a few of it), made so many new associates and loved experiences and alternatives that I might by no means have dreamt potential. I’ve had the privilege of working, biking and swimming (and an entire host of different sports activities) with Olympians and inspirational native champions, however I now put together for my largest sporting problem of late.
Over the previous 12 months or so, life has thrown some curveballs my approach and so they have knocked each myself and my confidence, however I’ve gotten again up and and I’ll by no means quit.
I’ve, in the previous few months, realized the best way to swim freestyle (who knew that it could be really easy?) and with musculoskeletal and extra weight issues, swimming has develop into my present go to exercise. Not solely is it serving to me to shed some pounds (though is anybody else famished after a protracted swim?), it additionally helps to calm and soothe me. It is kind of tough to ponder the concerns of life whereas being targeted on remembering to breathe whereas the rhythmic nature of swimming helps considerably to drown out the damaging voices in my head.
I’ve lastly realized, on the ripe previous age of 45, to like swimming with my 2.5km swim for Swimathon the end result of months of coaching and hours of enjoyable within the pool.
And this summer season, in partnership with Simply Swim, I’m going to attempt to not drown (or freeze) as I go away the relative consolation of the pool and tackle the problem of changing into an open water swimmer.
Over the subsequent few months, you possibly can comply with my progress right here and at my weblog www.howmanymiles.co.uk with my major purpose being the two Mile open swim in Loch Lomond on the Great Scottish Swim in August.
I will even be be trying to make the transition (sorry concerning the pun) from strive athlete to open water triathlete and I hope to encourage and even encourage a few of you to affix me.
In July, I will likely be competing (possibly not probably the most applicable phrase) within the Civil Service Open Water Championships (everybody loves a trier) in Norwich and I will likely be trying to enhance my working and biking in time for the Glasgow 2018 European Championships. No, I’m not considering that I can tackle Europe’s elite triathletes; as an alternative, I intention to compete in Triathlon Scotland’s Tri within the Park. A particular Glasgow 2018 triathlon occasion for the entire household and my first triathlon that isn’t pool primarily based.
It won’t be simple and though I’ll have skilled recommendation and be geared up with some of Simply Swim’s swimming equipment, it is going to be my very own dedication, dedication and self-discipline that can get me over the road (or previous the buoy).
I additionally need to present that swimming is a sport for all and I need to hear from all of you what swimming means to you and what suggestions you advise to assist me or others make an open water swimming expertise a enjoyable and ideally secure one.
Author – Stephen Morrison
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