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I’m gonna swim from Europe to Asia

It’s not actually that far, just about 4.5km, but it sounds good and I’m expecting it to be great fun.

I’m going to do it as part of the Hellespont trip organised by SwimTrek (who I did the April trip with) and it’s all part of the research for my Open for Business book. I’ve blogged about it on the Open4Biz blog:

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One of my target swims for next year is Hellespont, which is the famous swim in Turkey in which you cross from the European continent to the Asian continent.

Photo blatantly stolen from the SwimTrek website.

It’s a swim that has always captured my imagination as an iconic international swim. It is also a great place to meet international swimmers and to see if they can share some of the experiences that I have with regards to the links between open water swimming and business – or perhaps even more usefully, learn from their different experiences.

So I’m delighted to say that I’ve booked the swim for next August already.

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Read the full post here.

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I’m writing a book – Open For Business: business advice from a fresh [water] perspective.

Please check out my crowdfunding site to pre-order a copy – https://www.sponsume.com/project/open-business

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The final countdown

This is my last post before the “big” swim.

I’m working as normal today (Thursday), then I’m taking the day off on Friday to travel up to the Lake District. It obviously doesn’t take all day to get there, but I want to get there in good time and to be as relaxed as possible. What I don’t want to do is to be hunched over a computer all day, then face Friday evening traffic in the car all evening, then have to get up early on Saturday to swim. So we’re driving up on Friday.

On Saturday it’s an early start. Not only will I be a bit nervous, but we have to meet up at the start to  register by about 8am. For those of you that know Winderemere the start is at the southern end of the lake, near Newby Bridge.

Once everyone is registered the briefing meetings will take place. A longer one for the boat crews and a slightly shorter one for the swimmers. Obviously on a big lake, with lots of other traffic on it, the safety briefing is really important – especially for the boat crews. All I’ll do is follow my rowing boat, they’ve got the difficult job of navigating the lake.

Then at 9am, in theory, we’ll set off. And it’s just the small matter of 10 1/2 miles to swim.

The finish of the swim is at Waterhead, Ambleside at the northern end of the lake. The first few people will probably be arriving there from about 1pm. It’ll be more like 4pm when I get there.

I’m looking forward to it (although I’m obviously a bit nervous). I’m confident that I’ve done all I could in terms of training and preparation. Other people may have been able to do more – but given all the work and family commitments I’ve done all I could. But I have done ALL I could. I’m also confident that I’ll try as hard as I can and won’t give up. That’s not to say that I’ll definitely complete the swim, but I know that I’ll do all I can to make sure I do.

Although I’ve hinted at the time I expect to finish the swim, I’m really not aiming for a specific time. My goal is to “complete” and not to “compete”. I’m obviously not expecting to win, but to be honest I don’t really care what my time is as long as I finish. [For this year at least] The challenge is the swim itself, not the time.

So the final countdown has started, wish me luck…

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