Over the past few months, (as I mentioned before) I have become buddies over the net with a few other people who were also training to swim the channel.
As of last week, 4 of the 5 failed in their attempts, and the 5th after waiting two weeks, finally had to cancel his swim attempt and fly back to America because of bad weather.
Last week, the most confident (cocky) I have met training for this, failed … he quit his attempt just 6 hours in the water because of the cold …
But during this same period where these people quit, a few others have succeeded.
Every single report I have read about the English channel swim challenge states this challenge is 90% mental.
Tonight I called my captain to find out how the weather was looking for my swim which will be either this Thursday or Friday.
He told me everything looks good for an attempt on Thursday, Sept. 2nd.
We will start at 2:00 am and he expects me in the water by 3:00 am … and he laughing said, “the water will be a lot warmer than the air… because the air will be between 6-8 degree’s celcius” (40-43 degrees F) and the water 16 degrees celcius (62 degree F)
My first thought wasn’t “great! I cant wait to start my swim ….”
My first thought was “damnnnnn…. that’s cold ……”
Sophie got me sorted straight away with her, “Of course its cold. It’s the English Channel thats exactly why you are doing this“….
If I focus on the cold, before or during this swim – I will fail.
It all depends on me.
It’s interesting to think about life and how mental everything is.
A week ago, a friend sent me a book to help me mentally prepare for my english channel swim challenge.
The book “Running on Faith” is the story of Jason Lester, a multi-ironman finisher, 2 time ultraman, he created “EPIC5,” 5 ironman in 5 days on the 5 islands of Hawaii…
What makes Jason’s story unique is that he achieves all of these adventure, endurance challenges with the use of just one of his arms.
But I don’t think reading about JPL’s incredible story of making life happen in the face of adversity was the reason my friend sent me the book….
In the beginning of the book, Jason asks an interesting question:
“When does the human spirit give in to the limits of the human body and just close up shop? Or can we go as far as our spirit takes us?”
Using his story, he shows how strong the human spirit can be when it is not blinded or consumed by negativity ….
I won’t go into the details of the book – but it’s an interesting question or thought: “can we go as far as our spirit wants to take us?”
My 4 different forum buddies who failed to cross the channel over the past 6 weeks … what separates them from the several who succeeded?
Have you failed at something because you let negativity blind you/blind your spirit from seeing the finish?
I think everyone has.
Today – I fly to London to get ready for my swim on Thursday.
For those interested in reading more about Jason Lester’s “Running on Faith”
Great book — I read it in one sitting.
I even read two of the chapters three times.