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So I seem to have got myself into something very exciting but also a little over-ambitious. I’ve always been pretty driven and love a challenge and something to focus on….some of you may have seen my 100 healthy days posts (WOW 100 days is a really long time!!)….I’m one of those people who like to push myself and have something to aim for! So I seem to have now really committed myself to a challenge….What is it I hear you ask? Well this is what happened…

I’ve been running a Ladies night at Newquay Surf Life Saving Club for the last year which is something I am so passionate about, motivating females into such a fantastic sport no matter what their ability and giving them the opportunity to train with like-minded females without concern about our wibbles and wobbles.

I competed at the Cornish and National Championships last year and got such a buzz. I loved the nerves on the start line, the niggle in your belly, the looking along the line up and going ‘what am I doing here?’, the excitement when you hear the whistle to go, the sound of your strokes entering the water as you swim and the sigh of relief you feel when you cross that finish line with the biggest jelly legs ever.

So for the last few months I’ve been training hard, entering open water swims and loving it, but with no purpose. When my friend Frenchi from another local club Crantock SLSC started working for me, the banter started, ‘my teams better than your team’ all in good jest of course and we started training together….Then it happened….Crantock SLSC were taking a team to the Europeans in Alicante and needed an extra person, did I want the place? I didn’t even have to think about it, of course I did, so I spoke to my husband Mark, who pushes me to achieve all I can and asked if he wanted to come too…his response ‘You go, enjoy it, breath it, be part of the team, I want you to do it….'(He’s a good egg!) So there it was I said YES! The next challenge was to gather the money together and thanks to my amazingly supportive parents they once again re-opened the bank of mum and dad and loaned me the money…So excitedly this morning I booked my flights and paid for my accommodation….Eeeekkkk its official I am actually going to compete at the Masters (That’s old people for those that don’t know)European Surf Life Saving Championships.

The feeling I have now is fantastic, I feel motivated, driven and excited to have something to aim for and push for. I have 3 months to train my little (well its not that little) ass off and get myself to a point where I feel body confident, fit and ready to take on this amazing challenge! I hit the pool this lunch time with a new found vigour and found myself pushing myself hard on the lengths and did I nice little 2.8km set…From now until the end of the Europeans I am going to blog my journey. I am so proud to represent SLSGB, my club Newquay SLSC as well as Crantock SLSC…BRING IT ON!….follow our journey if you want, we’d love you to!

A practice swim up the Gannel River in Newquay