En Route to France… Part 11 – No weeks left
So, the swim is imminent, I have finished work, (hurrah) and doing final prep.
The all-important Scooby snacks. This is what will lift my spirits when the going gets tough… and it WILL get tough. It’s not really to give you energy, you can’t actually eat enough.
The UCAN enables your body to burn fat, and I have plenty to spare. It stops you getting that awful post sugar crash that I am really sensitive to. You will notice a distinct lack of jelly babies, instead, home-made banana bread made with xylitol- a low carb alternative.
The large rabbit droppings at the back are fat bombs… I’ve had some fun getting those right, because of course they melt.
In the goody box- all sorts of bits and bobs. Hairspray to stop the cap moving. Spare goggles, light sticks for night swimming, yellow line to attach to feed bottles before they are thrown at me. The bottles were a gift from fellow channel swimmer Sue Croft, who has tried and tested them. Thank you, Sue.
I’ve spent the week trying to memorise the lyrics to songs that have the right tempo for my stroke. An eclectic mix from ‘Daisy Daisy’, which is the song that started the singing off to Living Doll; I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles; some Third Day worship songs; Yellow Submarine; We are The Champions and The Candy Man. That should keep me busy.
All that is needed now is a bit of mental prep……..
I took myself to the cliffs above Samphire Hoe- the starting point for most channel swims. With it an article about visualising in sport to build confidence.
I also took a bible verse sent to me by lovely chum Mandy. I have absolute confidence that I will not be doing this swim alone, because He has promised me that He will be with me when I go through the waters.
To quote another channel swimmer ‘You have got to stand on the beach and believe you can do it’ Thanks Ady!!!
And I do believe I can do it.
I will find my strength in the Shadow of His wings.