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Today was a phenomenal day of swimming. I woke up feeling horrid and dreading the thought of 5 hours in the water, not sure if I could manage the entire way considering how sore and tender my shoulders were- especially the left one. Day 1 was tough as I struggled to get into a rhythm with all the marine interruptions. It felt long and being the first long swim since Hawaii it took it’s toll on me mentally and physically,. The boat ride to the start of day 2 was long!

We were dropped off at Tekobanin again. John and Sarah swam me to shore to help me negotiate the big surf, although...

Today we started the first of a series of swims attempting to do a staged 100km over the Southern Coast of Mozambique and Northern KZN all aimed at highlighting the need to protect our oceans.
We started the day with a breakfast of cooked oats overlooking a breath-taking sunrise. We met the boat down on the beach at 7:30 and had a brief about conditions and the best route option to take. Daniel our captain was incredibly accommodating and we ended up opting to do day 2 of our planned route and swim north instead of south, optimizing the conditions.
The boat ride was slightly...

This morning I started a new training program. It was very exciting having a goal and not having to think or make up a program as I have been for the last 6 months. I have spent the last 6 months, firstly revelling and then recovering from my, not so recent channel crossing.

Last year I was on a high, loving my new found freedom and just enjoying the perks of being so fit and rested after 5 years of hard long training and hours and hours of relatively boring sessions in a usually overheated swimming pool. Nearer the end of last year I started losing that incredible fitness and the...

When I swam ashore at Makapu beach, I was surprised to see a local TV crew waiting for me. I had done this swim to create awareness of the importance of eliminating the use of single use plastic so the crew did a short interview with me after the swim which was aired on the local news that night.

My boyfriend, Andries, his sister (Juanita), Linda and her friend, Jane and my brother’s friend Michelle were all on the beach at the finish with leis (Hawaiian garlands) and hugs to congratulate me and my team on the swim. We piled into Linda’s truck and headed to fetch our stuff from the...

The sand is so warm and Sarah and I lie down and soak up the final rays of sun trying to calm the nerves and not think too much about what lies before us. John busies himself prepping our dinner and what we need to get ready for the start. Sunset is beautiful. Once it gets dark we head up to the pool area to get out of the wind and find some light. I force down my pre-swim meal of Ensure, Pronutro and a boiled egg.

The boat captain Ivan had originally suggested a 7 or 8pm start. It is now 9pm. John is convinced we should delay the start because of the wind predictions. We spend some...

They say a channel is never over till it’s over. I discovered the truth of that a little over two weeks ago when I tackled the ominous Ka’iwi channel (also known as The Channel of Bones).

PRELUDE

Let’s rewind a few years to take you back to where it all started for me. I was a lone traveller and found myself on the big island of Hawaii competing in my first ever open water swimming race with the island of Maui looming in the distance. A fleeting thought crossed my mind: “Has anyone ever swum to that island before?”

That fleeting thought almost five...

What could possibly speak more for man’s prowess as an athlete than the ability to master earth’s most abundant, most powerful element- WATER’

This is my quote for this week. I love it because it speaks about the challenges of open water swimming. But I don’t believe it is all true. We are always at the risk of the elements. I have huge respect for the ocean. I am regularly humbled by it. We will never master it. I have loved the water since before I could walk. I respect the ocean and even with my many years of training I know the ocean will always...

Yesterday I got to tick another big box. I have been dreaming of swimming to Aliwal shoal for over a year now since I was trying to look for some unique training swims to help prepare me for my big Ka’iwi channel swim in 50 days time!

It never worked out last year with finding the right conditions to match with the schedules of my chosen team. So yesterday finally turned out to be the best day.
 With one of my passions and huge reason for my upcoming channel crossing being creating awareness for ocean conservation, Aliwal shoal was a great option for a training swim for a few...

We live in a beautiful city. I was doing another ocean training swim the other day and it struck me again how privileged we are to live in this city with easy access to the beach and an incredible outdoor lifestyle. The ocean is warm all year round and still teeming with life.

The water was crystal clear that day and I started the swim by swimming over our local reef. What a way to train, seeing fish scurrying over rocks and the sand get churned up by the odd swell that was rolling in.

This past week was the South African National Swimming Championships, a qualifying event...

 This past week I got to speak to Cameron Bellamy who just 3 weeks ago completed the Kaiwi channel crossing. Cameron is an incredible guy who has done more than his fair share of endurance events from cross Atlantic rowing, cross country cycling and is just 2 channel crossings away from completing the oceans 7 challenge!

It was such a privilege to chat to him and so helpful. I came away from the conversation so excited for my swim. It was the first time I have been excited for the swim. Up till now, it has been so far away and too big to contemplate getting excited, with far too...

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