Swimathon 2015: One month to go – let’s ramp it up!

I can’t believe it’s less than a month until Swimathon. It only feels like yesterday that I was writing my very first blog. I’ve come so far over the last two months and I really feel like I’m ready to take the challenge head on. I’ve still got a way to go with my training, but no matter what happens on the day I won’t be getting out of that pool until I’ve completed all 100 laps. And to ensure I do that, I’m hitting the lengths hard!

With less than a month to go, some people might consider winding down the training. I’m no expert but I certainly won’t be. The plan for me over the next few weeks is to increase each session by ten lengths. So tonight’s will be 40, which is the furthest I’ve done so far, followed by 50 on Wednesday.

My biggest issue is fatigue. It’s strange that I can run 20 miles without getting too tired but after swimming 10 lengths I’m breathing so hard I feel like I’ve tried to run 100 metres in under 10 seconds. But I guess that’s what training is for, to condition your body to go further. I know I’m not going to finish in a record-breaking time, but for a while I didn’t think I’d be able to finish it at all.

As I get closer to the event weekend, my belief in myself is really starting to grow. Part of me wishes I’d signed up for the 2.5km, as that seems more achievable, especially with the marathon the following weekend. But my philosophy is, why not just go for it. Whether it takes me two hours or five hours, the feeling of elation when I get out of the pool will be amazing. I hope your training is going well and if you’re going to be doing your challenge at the London Aquatic Centre, please do come and say hello. And if you’d like to sponsor my effort you can do so below.


by Ben Wicks Media & PR Manager Ben Wicks, one of Marie Curie’s Media & PR Managers, is taking on the world’s biggest fundraising swim event, Swimathon. In the run up to the challenge Ben will be telling his story, documenting all the aches and pains of training and explaining why he’s raising money for Marie Curie. 

Ben Wicks, Media and PR Manager