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Author Topic: Wish me luck!!! (YAY, I DID IT)  (Read 8038 times)

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Offline cubbybear

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Re: Wish me luck!!! (YAY, I DID IT)
« Reply #50 on: January 21, 2007, 09:35:55 PM »
Hey Teddybear,

I'm proud of you, that was very, very amazing.  Congrats my mate.

xx
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Offline tsw923

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Re: Wish me luck!!! (YAY, I DID IT)
« Reply #51 on: January 21, 2007, 10:19:11 PM »
Steve --

Congratulations!!  You really kicked butt out there!!  Way to go...enjoy it...bask in your success... And then let us know what you are gonna do for an encore!!! ::)

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Offline Longislander

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Re: Wish me luck!!! (YAY, I DID IT)
« Reply #52 on: January 21, 2007, 10:42:28 PM »
Congrats! That's awesome Steve!~ Thanks for sharing your adventure with us ;D
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Offline OzPaul

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Re: Wish me luck!!! (YAY, I DID IT)
« Reply #53 on: January 21, 2007, 11:14:39 PM »
Hey Steve

Way to go !!!

Any more big swims in your future, maybe this summer ?

Cheers
Paul

Offline Ann

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Re: Wish me luck!!! (YAY, I DID IT)
« Reply #54 on: January 22, 2007, 08:52:29 AM »
Way to go, Stephen! Totally fan-freaking-tastic. What a way to commemorate your D-Day! I'm glad it all went swimmingly for you - I had every faith in you that you'd triumph and triumph you did. Well done mate!

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Offline manchesteruk

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Re: Wish me luck!!! (YAY, I DID IT)
« Reply #55 on: January 22, 2007, 03:14:06 PM »
Well done mate! This post inspired me to go ahead and sign up for a run i'm going to do.  I nearly backed out but could tell what a sense of achievement you had after finishing that!
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Offline fearless

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Re: Wish me luck!!! (YAY, I DID IT)
« Reply #56 on: January 22, 2007, 06:43:08 PM »
Thanks guys/gals,

I feel on top of the world and ready to face any challenge life has to throw at me. As many of you may recall, I'd been having some therapy last year to overcome my anxieties. During the sessions, it became clear to me that I've been suffering from anxiety all my life. It had prevented me from doing so many things, and well, led me toward the the behaviours that resulted in my infection.

Whilst the swim itself was important and fun, the real victory was in facing up to and overcoming my fears. A lesson I can hopefully now apply to so many other aspects in my life.

As for future challenges, well for starters, I intend on swimming in the Sydney Harbour Swim Classic, a nice and easy 1.5 km swim in Sydney Harbour. The backdrop as you can see from the pics is simply stunning, the race starting and finishing at the Opera House. Stay tuned.

"Your chance to inspect the Opera House, the Botanical Gardens (well, its seawall, anyway), Mrs Macquarie's Chair, Fort Denison and the Sydney Harbour Bridge close up and personal. How often do you get to see these icons from in the water? Well, often, maybe, if you've been in the habit of falling overboard from Harbour cruises.

This is a pretty special swim, against one of the most spectacular backdrops in Stray'a.

Water is good, much better than most who haven't done this swim expect. Indeed, the water is pretty good as a rule. And, at that time of the morning - this swim starts earlier than most, to get all the mugs out of the harbour before the ferries really get cracking, and the weekend admirals in their out of control sailboats get blown off course by ineptitude - there is a calmness about it. Ahhh, the serenity (beep! booommpphh! smack! crash!) on the harbour at that time of the  morning. But don't be deceived. Despite this pacific scene, this swim can challenge you from your toes to your mind. The deep waters and the narrow channel of Sydney Harbour mask a ferocious current when the tide is on the flow. That's why the organisers brought the course closer in to Farm Cove last season. It's no dinky swim. But it's a privilege doing it.

The Sydney Harbour Swim Classic essentially follows the course of the swim leg in the 2000 Olympic triathlon - Man o' War Steps towards Mrs Macquaries Chair, out to Pinchgut and back to Man o' War Steps via Bennelong Point, under the northern foyer bar of the Opera Theatre."




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Offline fearless

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Re: Wish me luck!!! (YAY, I DID IT)
« Reply #57 on: January 22, 2007, 06:55:41 PM »
And, as a reward for all my hard work and efforts, I plan on taking a holiday to Lord Howe Island possibly in April this year.

It's a World Heritage listed Island, part of New South Wales (my home state) and about a 3 hour flight NE of Sydney. It has the southern most coral reef in the world, the pristine waters ideal for snorkelling and some great rainforest and walking trails.

Home to about 200 permanent residents, no more than 400 tourists are permitted on the 12 sq km Island at any one time.

My kinda relaxing holiday.

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Offline fearless

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Re: Wish me luck!!! (YAY, I DID IT)
« Reply #58 on: January 22, 2007, 10:28:16 PM »
Sorry, I'm gonna bore you guys to death with this, but I wanna blow my trumpet some more.

The official results are in.

I finished a respectable 464th from a total of 512 who finished the race. In all, some 568 people started, but 56 did not finish either due to hypothermia (it was 15 to 16 in the water, hence the shrinkage) or they couldn't make the distance which was over 2 km, not the 1.6km it was meant to be.
In my division, 40-44 year old men, I finished 55th of 61 entrants.

You can read all about it at: http://www.oceanswims.com/nsw67/monavalerep07.html
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Offline Longislander

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Re: Wish me luck!!! (YAY, I DID IT)
« Reply #59 on: January 22, 2007, 10:33:11 PM »
It's all still awesome! It's great to hear that the therapy has been helping you with anxieties, and your life is now opening up to you with all sorts of possibilities!! More power to you~ ;D
infected 10/05 diagnosed 12-05
2/06   379/57000                    6/07 372/30500 25%   4/09 640/U/32% 
5/06   ?? /37000                     8/07 491/55000/24%    9/09 913/U/39%
8/06   349/9500 25%              11/07 515/68000/24     2/10 845/U/38%
9/06   507/16,000 30% !          2/08  516/116k/22%    7/10 906/80/39%
12/06 398/29000 26%             Start Atripla 3/08
3/07   402/80,000 29%            4/08  485/undet!/27
4/07   507/35,000 25%            7/08 625/UD/34%
                                                 11/08 684/U/36%

Offline JohnOso

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Re: Wish me luck!!! (YAY, I DID IT)
« Reply #60 on: January 24, 2007, 08:41:05 AM »
Woohoo!   

How in the hell did I miss this thread too?  Let's hear it for the 40-44 age group (Holla!)

Great, great job Steve.  Inspiring story, not only for the race itself, but the background surrounding your reasons for entering the race.

Just one question:  how the hell does one get to Lord Howe Island?  Um, not by swimming i take it  ;)(sorry couldn't resist).  The place doesn't look big enough for an airport.

In admiration,
John


Offline fearless

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Re: Wish me luck!!! (YAY, I DID IT)
« Reply #61 on: January 24, 2007, 08:52:53 PM »
John,
the airport is that tiny cleared area you can see running across the island, pretty much smack bang in the middle. Gonna make for one hell of a landing.
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Offline Cliff

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Re: Wish me luck!!! (YAY, I DID IT)
« Reply #62 on: January 30, 2007, 02:55:01 PM »
Great job Lil Steve!!!!!!!  Sorry I'm just getting to this now.

Offline confused one

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Re: Wish me luck!!! (YAY, I DID IT)
« Reply #63 on: January 30, 2007, 03:03:57 PM »
Good things come in petite packages. You may have some advantage in your size.
The others have more drag with the head winds. More weight plus more force equals
more work.
None the less I'm sure you will at least show yourself that you can do it.
 
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