Lake Zurich is a huge lake in the centre of Switzerland and each year a group of swimmers gather to swim 26.4km down the glorious length of coastline. I lived and worked in Switzerland in the town of Montreux, this is my first trip back in twenty years and I am excited at the thought of returning to swim, makes my visit all the more special. It's never easy to go back to where you had fantastic memories so this is an amazing opportunity.
The Sri Chimnoy Marathon Team who organise the event aspire to push each athlete beyond their limits.
"The races are organised on the principles of self-transcendence, where each compete against themselves and his own previous capacities. Endurance races allow each competitor to go deep within and truly find the best within themselves in order to persevere and finish, and even though there are trophies for the leading finishers, in truth every athlete who completes such long distances is a winner"
This year, Solo Swimmers- there are 12 women in total swimming & 34 males. To enter the swim you apply with your experience and if selected you are awarded a place. It is an honour to get accepted and I really look forward to the challenge.There are also a number of relay teams.
|I'm a sea swimmer-living in SW Ireland..|
I have few expectations with the exception of finishing. The lakes are slow and I don’t have any great experience in fresh water so I am hoping that the day goes well and we have a fantastic day out.
The main difference between the lake and the sea is buoyancy. Whereby over the years my body fat levels have really added to my salt water swims with added buoyancy, the extra weight will make me sink more...I am dreading this element more than the swimming..feeding while trying to stay afloat is my nightmare!!
A lower body position adds challenge to the heads position going through the water-and puts extra pressure on the lower back as we have to work harder to leg kick and keep our feet high.
But challenges is all that there are and we factor them in.
I am keeping it in my mind that it's only a day out and there are so many who would be delighted to experience what I do..
I had hoped to do a lot more lake swimming but the weather and the summer/life in itself did not allow that to happen. In a way it is now allowing me to dig that little bit deeper to my mind..
On Saturday night we have a “Mountain of Silence” self transcendence concert where we allowed to reflect and enjoy the festivities.
|Frances driving me on... tough task master|
|Our Team Motto..make all efforts count..|
What can I say about Team Endure to Cure-I was drawn to their sense of possibility..their need to make every step/stroke count, their need to make every athlete and every effort special..Every athlete has a different Mount Everest-and a seperate need to fight their own battles-break their own limits-some need to go faster-some want speed but mostly we are all privledged to be there..
Since my events started in 2003-I have raised over €65,000 all through sport for Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, RNLI & various other. There are an enormous volume of people who live vicariously through us, who are inspired by what we do. Who take on their own limits by realising that we all endure some pain-but it is minimal to the amount of help-inspiriation and most importantly funding we can raise to ensure that a child somewhere can maybe reach our age and enjoy some amazing adventure..
I am genuinely so looking forward to swimming Lake Zurich-to facing more challenges and mostly about having fun..
Thanks for all the support I receive-without it achievements are lonely..