"We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether
it is to sail or to watch - we are going back from whence we came."
- John F. Kennedy
So why create my own swim challenge site?
For many years I have taken part in swimming challenges which range from distances of 2k to 10k to as many miles in a set period as possible. While these have all been exciting, and gave me the opportunity to become involved with more charities, this did at times, navigate away from my personal charities. Fundraisers often have preferable charities because they have been involved with them on a more personal level, and there is nothing wrong with that at all.
After the birth of my baby in 2016, I knew that my time would be limited for swimming, and so every session would count, it would also mean that my training would be limited, so I decided to create SwimFor which would build up the distances again, and hopefully by the time my Monster is in playschool, I could be back up to the big distances again – lol.
By doing my own events, it also means that I get to pick the venues as I am not part of a group, which also means I can steer clear of the salt water for a while as it plays havoc with my mouth (I am a mouth chewer). If I am ill, I can reschedule the event rather than forfeit, and as I pick the venue, it means that I can comfortably go without a wetsuit (I hate wetsuits with a passion). However, the events in the interim, will lack the social element you gain with multiple participants and spectators which, if these events expand to involve others on a more formal basis, this will need to be considered.
The aim of SwimFor, is to swim a set distance or distances for one or more charities. For example, the first event was SwimFor1k which I set at a modest 1k for 1 charity.
SwimFor3k is due to take place in October 2018, invitations are open to other swimmers who want to join in and raise money for their chosen charities. For more information, please visit the SwimFor3k page.