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2015 has passed and as we embark on a new year I’d like to reflect on 2015. From a swimming perspective I started 2015 with a Robben Island Crossing and ended the year swimming around Cape Point. Quite a fitting start and end to a somewhat tumultuous year. In between these 2 iconic swims I managed the annual Ocean Challenge which was only 5km this year, the Lake Eland 3km, DLDSA 3km, a few 5km training swims and the toughest one to date- the 25 pier challenge. For more information on these swims you can have a look at my website www.sarahferguson....

“If it burns your soul with purpose and desire, it’s your duty to be reduced to ashes by it. Any other form of existence will be yet another dull book in the library of life.” Charles Bukowski

This week has been a testing week. My body is still recovering from last week’s 25 pier swim, I have been offered 2 really good opportunities work wise which I had to turn down for various reasons, I had a tough situation which involved third parties who were not supposed to be involved that I now need to try and resolve and have been having doubts about my dream to swim 40km across a...

I did one of the toughest races I ever done last week. It was a race called the ’25 piers’ organised by Durban Surf Lifesaving club. There was a bunch of over 80 swimmers competing to swim around the pier 25 times. We had to stop after each swim around the pier and wait to go again, leading off every 7 minutes. I had to dig really deep and was incredibly grateful for my coach who gave me much needed pep talks and tips to try and make the swim more enjoyable.  We alternated roles of encouraging and pushing each other- although hers was by far the dominant role!

The part I found...

“I will learn to love the skies I’m under’ Anonymous
I have felt pretty flat this week and significantly tired.  There are valid explainable reasons for my fatigue, but when it is so soon after my relatively recent diagnosis, there are always lingering’s of the past that haunt you deep in the spaces of your mind. I hadn’t eaten well the previous week, I was emotionally drained and a little stressed with work and end of year goings on, I had hit an all-time training high in terms of mileage 2 weeks prior and I was fighting getting sick. All valid explanations to my...

It has been 2 weeks since I last wrote and I still can’t remember the epiphany I had last week that I wanted to share.
Last week was a bit of a blur for me. A friend of mine from school lost a five and a half year battle to cancer. He certainly fought hard and lived his life well. At his memorial everyone spoke of him leaving a legacy and how much of an inspirational leader, friend, brother, son and husband he was. It was a very moving service. I hate that he died so young when he had so much to offer, but I do know he died with no regrets, he was privileged to have some warning...

I clearly am still learning lesson no 1 from last week’s blog.   This week has been particularly tough in terms of workload as well as emotionally. On Wednesday I was too tired to get up and do my  recovery swim session, I opted to sleep and  try and process some very sad news  that a good friend of mine from school, who has been battling with cancer for over 5 years had reached the end of his fight in terms of medical options. The only hope we have left for him is faith in God’s miraculous healing power.

I had an afternoon of back to back patients and knew that gym would not be...

This week was a building week. I started my first ‘sprint’ training session on Thursday and was humbled by it. It was a tough session. I went in with expectations of certain times I aimed to hold, and was 5-10seconds off that time, which in a 75 swim set, is far off track. I walked away humbled, realising that I need to lower my expectations a little, especially after a busy work week on the back of 4 hours sleep on Saturday night and a hectic fitness test on the Wednesday before my sprint session.

I learnt 2 important lessons that day; 1- not to be so hard on myself and give myself...

This weekend I had the privilege of attending a wedding of an amazing couple that I am blessed to call my friends. The wedding was down the coast in Port Edward at a stunning lodge with large expansive lawns, surrounded by tropical foliage at the edge of an estuary. I went down with a group of mates and we stayed at this awesome little tree lodge overlooking the Estuary.

The wedding was a weekend of celebrations with friends and family from all over. It was such a beautiful picture of community and living life together. The couple are best friends and that was so evident in every...

Last week I developed a new strategy for my Monday morning pool sessions, sets of 100m holding a certain time with decreased rest periods over the weeks and increasing sets. I have done 2 Monday sessions and am loving them. I have a goal in mind over the next few months that I would like to achieve and am looking forward to watching it unfold little by little.

The rest of my training week was pretty average with a very rewarding sprint session on Thursday where I did a pretty fast 50m sprint time. It is really rewarding getting results from just 4 weeks back at ‘proper’ training....

This week I had the privilege of sharing some of my Pilates knowledge with a bunch of grade 7 & 8's in Amaoti as part of the life skills program with the Domino Foundation. I was told there would be 80 - 100 14 & 15 year old girls and knew I couldn't do this alone and so invited 3 of my colleagues to join me. We knew we couldn't do a traditional style Pilates class with that many kids and so decided to do it more as a boot camp style program incorporating the principles and making it a bit more fun.

We set off in my new Suzuki for her first adventure which ended up on 3...

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