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Author Topic: Wish me luck!!! (YAY, I DID IT)  (Read 7681 times)

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Offline fearless

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Wish me luck!!! (YAY, I DID IT)
« on: January 18, 2007, 06:37:26 PM »
It's my big swim on Sunday morning at 10 am- 1.6 km (1 mile) from Warriewood Beach to Mona Vale Beach.

I know I've done the training and I should be OK. The swell is quite small at the moment which is good, but we will be swimming into a 15-20 knot headwind which could make conditions quite choppy

I'm such an anxious person, and the little voice in the back of my head keeps telling me all the reasons why I should not be doing this. I've never done an ocean swim before, I'm petrified of blue bottles and being stung, everyone else will be 6ft and built like a brick shithouse (I'm 5'4" and 147 lbs), my goggles leak, it's gonna be too hot (about 95 farenheit), the headwind is gonna knock the stuffing out of me, I'm not good enough.

I'm determined to do it though. Sunday will also be my 3 year anniversary since diagnosis. I want/need to show myself that this bug, and my anxieties are not going to be beat me. Not this time, not anymore.

Wish me luck.

Stephen
« Last Edit: January 21, 2007, 01:48:56 AM by fearless »
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Offline bear60

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Re: Wish me luck!!!
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2007, 06:39:58 PM »
Stephen...... You are FEARLESS .   Need I say more? 
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Offline thunter34

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Re: Wish me luck!!!
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2007, 06:40:14 PM »
You know you've got me rooting for you!  And I think I can safely speak for others here when I say that we want a full post report!
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Re: Wish me luck!!!
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2007, 06:47:14 PM »
I agree I can't wait to hear all about it.  How exciting, you are going to have an amazing experience.  I am glad you are listening to the bigger voices that are telling why you should...

Best wishes,
Drew (who misses the ocean)

Offline tsw923

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Re: Wish me luck!!!
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2007, 06:50:49 PM »
Very, VERY AWESOME!!  You will be great!!!  Post those celebratory photos!!!

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Offline fearless

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Re: Wish me luck!!!
« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2007, 06:59:33 PM »
Fearless or stupid? I'm not quite sure yet.

Oh yeah, I added 10kg to my body weight too, I'm only 125 lbs.

And, I've got a mate coming along to take pics.
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Offline Longislander

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Re: Wish me luck!!!
« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2007, 07:04:37 PM »
It's going to be great. Your enthusiasm alone is exciting! Shoot, get new goggles if the old ones are leaking?!?!?!lol

Have a great time~
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Offline cubbybear

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Re: Wish me luck!!!
« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2007, 07:17:38 PM »
Hey Lil Teddybear,

Good luck with your swim matey.  Are you wearing ya dick togs? hehe :P WOOF!  We wants photos.

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Offline Nadine

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Re: Wish me luck!!!
« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2007, 07:23:37 PM »
Best of luck to you Stephen

You know we are all here rooting for you!

Offline RAB

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Re: Wish me luck!!!
« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2007, 07:27:11 PM »
Little Steve

Suggestion:

Pick out the best looking "brick shit house", and start kicking your legs like crazy.

(wait that sounded naughty  ::))

Take #2

Pick out the best looking "brick shit house", get in the water and start stroking like crazy.

(Jesus that sounded even worse   ::) )

Aw screw it!  (That's sounded just filthy!   ;D)

You know what I mean!   ;)

Good luck to you buddy!   :-*  

RAB


Offline Robert

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Re: Wish me luck!!!
« Reply #10 on: January 18, 2007, 08:05:26 PM »
Hey little big guy....

you'll do you fine.  What 's this "...I'm not good enough."  Yeah, right.  LIke rocky said, once you get in the water, just start stroking and kicking.  And if you start sinking, well make sure it's one of those brick shit houses that give you mouth-to-mouth. 

And by the way, whats the going pledge?  Whatever you earn, I'll donate that amount to the AIDSMEDS Gathering Fund, deal?

robert.

(who wishes he was there to grease you down with lots of crisco before the swim and massage out those cramps when you're finished)
..........

Offline Eldon

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Re: Wish me luck!!!
« Reply #11 on: January 18, 2007, 08:33:00 PM »
Your wish has been granted.


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Offline cubbybear

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Re: Wish me luck!!!
« Reply #12 on: January 18, 2007, 09:10:01 PM »
You know we are all here rooting for you!

Nadine, you do know what that means to us Aussies don't you ;) Rooting = Faunicating. WOOF!  You go girl! haha
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Offline AlanBama

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Re: Wish me luck!!!
« Reply #13 on: January 18, 2007, 09:24:11 PM »
Good luck Steve!   I'm pulling for you....
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Offline aztecan

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Re: Wish me luck!!!
« Reply #14 on: January 18, 2007, 10:31:48 PM »
Hey Stephen,

I'm with Matt, I can't wait to see the photos. Will you be wearing some of those delightfully revealing trunks the Aussie lifeguards wear? WOOF!

I'll be rooting for you - and cheering you on as well!  ;D

BIG HUGS,

Mark

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Offline skeebo1969

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Re: Wish me luck!!!
« Reply #15 on: January 18, 2007, 10:39:47 PM »


   Good luck Steve..

   Don't doubt yourself one bit... to tell you the truth I don't think for a minute you do.  I look forward to hearing more about it and seeing those pics.  You are definitely an inspiration to me... that 125 lbs is all in the heart my man.

   Fearless is definitely a fitting name for you.. always has been!

  Again Steve.. goodluck!!

  Thomas
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Offline fearless

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Re: Wish me luck!!!
« Reply #16 on: January 18, 2007, 11:18:32 PM »
Thanks for all the well wishers.

All this pulling and rooting, though. It's a swim, not an orgy  ;D

Yes, I will be wearing tight little scungies, dick stickers, budgie smugglers, or whatever else you want to call them.

Robert, there are no pledges as such - they raise money for the surf life saving club through our admission fees only. And, thanks for the rub-down offer. Vaseline under the arms to prevent chafing, some spit in the goggles and I'll be on my way. Eek

I managed to nick some pics of last years swim.



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Offline thunter34

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Re: Wish me luck!!!
« Reply #17 on: January 18, 2007, 11:23:50 PM »
So tell me....



Will you be wearing a Speedo?



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Offline Queen Tokelove

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Re: Wish me luck!!!
« Reply #18 on: January 18, 2007, 11:43:50 PM »
Good Luck with the swim...I agree w/ the others, YOU CAN DO IT!!!! 
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Offline fearless

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Re: Wish me luck!!!
« Reply #19 on: January 19, 2007, 12:03:46 AM »
thunter,

scungies, dick stickers, budgie smugglers = all slang for speedo's

I love this picture from the website. It comes with the following caption:

The lawns at Mona Vale are perfect for codgers catching up with each other, exchanging yarns on how good they used to be.

Can't wait.

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Offline Eldon

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Re: Wish me luck!!!
« Reply #20 on: January 19, 2007, 12:51:27 AM »
Steve: When you get into that water, think the thought that you have become a part of it. Take heed and experience the difference!


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Offline manchesteruk

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Re: Wish me luck!!!
« Reply #21 on: January 19, 2007, 03:28:05 AM »
You can do it Steve! I'll even let Australia win today to put you in a good mood.....
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Offline sweetasmeli

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Re: Wish me luck!!!
« Reply #22 on: January 19, 2007, 03:55:29 AM »
Darlin Steve, you will be fab because you are fab!
Swim your super speedos off! And dont forget to breathe!!!

Love & hugs
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Offline OzPaul

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Re: Wish me luck!!!
« Reply #23 on: January 19, 2007, 04:06:45 AM »
Hey Stephen

Good luck buddy, I know you'll do great. Stay within your self, have faith, never mind about the big boys.

Let us know how it all goes, OK ?

Paul, your friend down south

Offline Nadine

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Re: Wish me luck!!!
« Reply #24 on: January 19, 2007, 07:06:25 AM »
Nadine, you do know what that means to us Aussies don't you ;) Rooting = Faunicating. WOOF!  You go girl! haha

Hey, whatever it takes  :D

Offline aztecan

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Re: Wish me luck!!!
« Reply #25 on: January 19, 2007, 10:25:34 AM »
The Codgers remembering what used to be?

I'll have you know Codgerism is a standard that is hard to attain - but I'm getting closer.  ;D

Have a great time Steve. In my book, you're already a winner.

HUGS,

Mark

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Offline Christine

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Re: Wish me luck!!!
« Reply #26 on: January 19, 2007, 11:26:14 AM »
You will do fabulous! One stroke at a time...and breath...

Don't worry about the bigger guys...they just sink faster! ;)

Christine
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Offline Boo Radley

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Re: Wish me luck!!!
« Reply #27 on: January 19, 2007, 11:55:34 AM »
Little Steve,

Don't you know it's the bigger pieces of driftwood the current takes hold of?  You'll be outswimming all them!

Is it too late to send you a new pair of goggles via amazon.com.au?  Just give me the shipping address.

Good luck!

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Offline Teresa

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Re: Wish me luck!!!
« Reply #28 on: January 19, 2007, 12:32:10 PM »
Best of luck on your swim! You can do it!

Hugs
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Offline fearless

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Re: Wish me luck!!! (YAY, I DID IT)
« Reply #29 on: January 21, 2007, 02:06:20 AM »
YEEHAH, I did it.

I arrived up at Worriewood at about 8.30 this morning. The surf was choppy and as cold as ice in the water (we are hving these bizarre cold currents in Sydney at the moment. It should have been 23 Celsius in the water but it was below 17, but not as cold as yesterday when it was just 15. brrrr).

I was as anxius as all hell and seriously considered pulling out, but my mate Steve reassured me that all would be OK. It just look such a long, and the first boy was some 250 metres off-shore, through the surf and chop and 'dangerous current'. But, I decided to suck it and see.

The swim out through the surf was the hardest. I kept taking on water, and the swell kept pounding me. I very, very nearly pulled out. My anxiety was overwhelming and my breath short. I thought, there is no way I can do this. I managed to pull myself together - the shame and fear of withdrawing and returning to shore was greater than my fear of not making the distance. I boobed for a minute, slowed my breath, and broke it down into small tasks. 1st target was to make the first buouy, then the 2nd and so on. I got inot a rhythm, forgot about the freezing water and the overall task. When I rounded the last buouy and headed for home, I still had energy to spare and powered home. My legs were jelly when I hit the sand, but I made it. I'm not sure of my time, they told me but I can't remember. I'll get the final results in the next day or two, so I'll let you know.

I'm so proud of myself, and it was the best thing I've ever done. I confronted my fears and anxiety and I won.

Pics to follow.






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« Reply #30 on: January 21, 2007, 02:10:53 AM »
and some more pics.

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Offline Eldon

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Re: Wish me luck!!! (YAY, I DID IT)
« Reply #31 on: January 21, 2007, 02:17:27 AM »
Steve: Truly, there is an awesome result of personal power when you DO confront your fears and your anxieties.

1. Sort out your tasks

2. Set your pace

3. Keep your focus and your determination

4. You then will make it to the finish line

AWESOME!

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Re: Wish me luck!!! (YAY, I DID IT)
« Reply #32 on: January 21, 2007, 05:03:55 AM »
Way to go Steve..i don't know how I missed this thread, you have every reason to be proud.

Hugs
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Re: Wish me luck!!! (YAY, I DID IT)
« Reply #33 on: January 21, 2007, 05:37:49 AM »
YAY STEVE!!!


I knew you would make it

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Re: Wish me luck!!! (YAY, I DID IT)
« Reply #34 on: January 21, 2007, 06:38:47 AM »
               

Great pics!

Hugs
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Re: Wish me luck!!! (YAY, I DID IT)
« Reply #35 on: January 21, 2007, 06:44:22 AM »
Congratulations, we always knew you had it in you.

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Re: Wish me luck!!! (YAY, I DID IT)
« Reply #36 on: January 21, 2007, 07:21:31 AM »
YEE HAW!
Way to go Steve! I was winded just looking at the surf in those photos!

I'm going to lift one in your honor today!

BIG CELEBRATORY HUGS!

Mark
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Re: Wish me luck!!! (YAY, I DID IT)
« Reply #37 on: January 21, 2007, 07:32:42 AM »
 ;D YAY TO STEPHEN!!! ;D
BRAVO BRAVO BRAVO!!!


Soooooooooooo proud of you honey! ;) Now relaaaaaaaaax....!

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« Reply #38 on: January 21, 2007, 08:27:02 AM »


   Steve,

     Awesome... just fricking awesome!!  I commend you for doing something so challenging and I can only imagine how it felt walking on that shore after finishing.   You have come along way Steve.  I am really proud of you!

   Thomas
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Re: Wish me luck!!! (YAY, I DID IT)
« Reply #39 on: January 21, 2007, 08:30:37 AM »
So exciting!! Good luck!

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Re: Wish me luck!!! (YAY, I DID IT)
« Reply #40 on: January 21, 2007, 08:40:03 AM »
Congrats! For he is such a good fellow...

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« Reply #41 on: January 21, 2007, 09:44:05 AM »
congrats!  (and how cold was the water ? )
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Re: Wish me luck!!! (YAY, I DID IT)
« Reply #42 on: January 21, 2007, 10:53:07 AM »
Fantastic! Those waves were scary looking. You did it!! Yea!!

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Re: Wish me luck!!! (YAY, I DID IT)
« Reply #43 on: January 21, 2007, 11:14:17 AM »
Steve, all I can say is Wow!  Those waves look to be very unforgiving....   

NOW WHAT YOU GONA DO!!!

Love,

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« Reply #44 on: January 21, 2007, 11:49:18 AM »
thats very cool!
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Re: Wish me luck!!! (YAY, I DID IT)
« Reply #45 on: January 21, 2007, 12:27:23 PM »
Hey Steve:

You rock!  Seriously!

With a whole new level of respect and wonder,

RAB

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« Reply #46 on: January 21, 2007, 02:41:46 PM »
YAY STEVE !    I knew you could do it bud.
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Re: Wish me luck!!! (YAY, I DID IT)
« Reply #47 on: January 21, 2007, 03:38:34 PM »
 
Steve....

That is so cool.  I was thinking of you yesterday while you were swimming.  I knew it was your big day and, buddy, you did IT!  What is it about these little, piddly things like swimming in the surf that makes us feel so good?  I don't know but I'll tell you, I'm proud of you, that's for sure

robert

(who was busy rubbing out those cramps of yours in his dreams) :P
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Re: Wish me luck!!! (YAY, I DID IT)
« Reply #48 on: January 21, 2007, 05:55:18 PM »
Wonderful, congratulations and thanks for showin us we keep on livin' and succeeding!

Drew

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Re: Wish me luck!!! (YAY, I DID IT)
« Reply #49 on: January 21, 2007, 06:07:36 PM »
Good for you! Great pictures too!
Poz Bear Type in Philadelphia

 


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