What is life without a challenge

It’s so easy to succumb to routine. To stick to the same old thing – the things we are good at, the things we like and the things that keep us in our comfort zone. In my professional life, I tend to say yes to everything. Particularly the things that scare me because I know I will learn from them, even if I fail. But in my personal life, I don’t challenge myself.

To shake my routine up a bit, I’m taking on a pretty big physical challenge. I will be swimming the length of the English Channel (in a pool. I’m not THAT adventurous) for the charity Aspire. Let me break this down for you…

22 miles

That’s 1,609 lengths in total, which is 134 lengths a week. Phew.

The challenge starts on 14 September and I’ll be blogging about my progress. If you’d like to join me in this challenge, you can sign up here.

As figure skater* Kristi Yamaguchi said:

An athlete gains so much knowledge by just participating in a sport. Focus, discipline, hard work, goal setting and, of course, the thrill of finally achieving your goals. These are all lessons in life.

I’m quite looking forward to pushing myself, both mentally and physically. When you’re swimming, you’re left with nothing but your own thoughts and I vow to use that time wisely. Perhaps I will finally work out the storyline to that novel I keep wanting to write.

If you’d like to sponsor me and help Aspire, please visit my JustGiving page.

*fun fact: I used to be a competition level figure skater