Swimathon 2015: set yourself a goal and stick to it

It’s now almost April, and the Swimathon challenge is just round the corner. For a while, the idea of swimming 100 lengths seemed completely unattainable.  My training didn’t seem to be going well and I was feeling more and more disheartened after every session. But recently things have turned around. I’m setting myself ambitious goals and sticking to them!

Last Monday, before getting in the pool, I set myself a goal of swimming further than I’d ever done before. I wanted to do 1.5k and I wasn’t getting out until I had. I knew that I wouldn’t be able to do it non-stop, but I figured if I did it in bursts of ten, with a short break in between, it might be achievable. 30 lengths later, I’d done it and I felt over the moon. It finally felt like all the training I’ve been doing over the past twelve weeks has fallen into place.

When Wednesday came, I set myself another goal. This time it was to swim 50 lengths (2.5k), again I decided it was best to do it in batches of ten. This really seems to work for me. I don’t know if it’s a mental thing, but knowing that I only need to do ten lengths seems to really help. Lo and behold, I managed it! With only three weeks to go I should probably be much further on in my training than I am, but I’m certainly feeling more positive about actually completing it, and doing so in a respectable time. This week I’ve set myself two more ambitious goals. Tonight is to swim 60 lengths and Wednesday’s is to swim 70.

Wish me luck! I hope your training is going well, and that you’re well on your way to achieving your goal.  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