If found, please return to…

I’ve lost my swimming mojo. If you find it can you let me know?

I don’t think I realised quite how much pressure I’d put on myself for the 2swim4life event. It was obviously a lot more important to me than even I was aware of going into it. It was certainly (by a LONG way) the biggest [swimming] challenge I have ever undertaken and I knew it would be a great marker for other challenges that I want to take on in the future.

However, now it’s over and now all that adrenaline and training and pressure have been released, well… I can’t quite motivate myself for anything else.

And you know what? I’m not going to beat myself up for that. I’m going to allow myself a couple of weeks off. It may mean a DNS at my next event (but better that than a DNF), but there’s no point going through the motions only to find this “meh” feeling lasts longer. Instead I’ll wait until I really want to get back into the water. I’m sure it won’t be long, but one thing’s for sure: it’s not happened quite yet.

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  1. See you at Colwick. Your mojo is lurking part way around your second lap. Cool, clean waters, nature reserve with a few fish and all those birds singing and the sun on your back. Mojo restoration guaranteed 🙂

  2. I’ve had the same problem after getting injured and not being able to compete in my half ironman at the end of April. (Injury was ankle dislocation at work in March). Since then I’ve just sort of sat back and felt very meh about it all. I swam for the first time in weeks on Friday but it wasn’t really enough to kickstart the previous discipline or va va voom for my workout routine. I’ve brought my sports kit with me today to try and force me into going after work tonight. I’ll let you know if it helps! One foot forward and the other will follow hopefully!

  3. Paul Parrish

    Hi Patrick,

    Firstly, many congratulations on an amazing achievement. That has to be one of the single hardest swimming events in the country and it is fantastic to have completed it. Having put so much effort and had so much invested into completing it, you are bound to have lost your mojo. Give yourself a break and do a few events that you will enjoy and take the pressure off yourself. The next big thing will come to you soon enough but you can’t live always revved up for the next big challenge. it’s too stressful. This is merely my humble opinion but rest on your laurels for a little bit!
    Oh, I still need to sponsor you. An amazing swim Patrick!

  4. helenbrindle

    Guess that means we won’t see you on Sunday 😦 Don’t blame you … fantastic swim at Guildford. Hope you’ll be at the next one! x

  5. helenbrindle

    I’m sure you won’t be able to resist once you’re there 🙂

  6. Congratulations on your swim, staying awake for 24 hours continuously is a feat in itself, well done.
    I remember seeing mojos when I was young, some kind of stick sweets – I’ve heard jelly babies are good for swimming – looking forward to hearing about the next swim when you’re refreshed.

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