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What is life without a challenge

Aspire Channel Swim Channel for Mindfullness

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

Kirsty Marrins

Reader, writer, occasional runner, travel lover.




  • Heather

    Well done and good luck Kirst!! You keep pushing those boundaries girl!
    We love you. :o)

    And, very inspiring.

  • Wow. I wish I was fit enough for this. Right now, this would take me about 64 days of swimming and I’m not sure I have the energy. Maybe soon!

    • londonkirsty

      I’m sure you could do it! Maybe start with a smaller goal, say 10 lengths a day, and then start to increase it every week. You’ll be swimming 22 miles in 12 weeks in no time 🙂

      • I’m currently swimming something like 500 metres a day? (I don’t know how much a length is for you …) So I mean theoretically if I swam 64 times in 12 weeks I COULD do it? But it just seems unlikely that I’d be able to take out the time. I’ll try my best though and will report back. 😉

        • londonkirsty

          If you can swim 500 metres a day, then you could definitely do this challenge! One length in the pool I swim in is 22 metres and I have to do 134 lengths a week over 12 weeks to swim 22 miles. It’ll be tough but not impossible…

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