Channel swim training the wrong way – the end

Channel swim training the wrong way – the end

As the last season of COVID restrictions took away the opportunity for me to do any pool training in Hong Kong, apart from the month of November, I was so stressed that it affected my well-being and I had to visit a psychologist. The measures I took to manage it including suspending training, limiting my time thinking and working about it, etc. I once considered giving up but I judged my situation was not as bad as to the point…

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My life in Hong Kong is over

My life in Hong Kong is over

The completion of the World Trail Orienteering Championship (WTOC) team selection race has marked the end of my last major piece of responsibility in Hong Kong before my departure on 20th April. It was one of the job to do as a Hong Kong team member for WTOC this year. My final 3 years in Hong Kong was full of regret. If everything was known in advance I would already signed up a working holiday in 2018. In short, I…

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Cold Half 2021

Cold Half 2021

On 21/2, I did the race Cold Half the second time as a solo. This race is my most important A race in Hong Kong, which serves as my benchmark after half a season of winter training. In 2020, I mentioned by doing this race, I could decide if I was ready to start my preparation on my ultimate dream channel swim. I did it and completed in 5:14, then signed up for a Channel slot in September 2021 despite…

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To give up or not to give up

To give up or not to give up

After my failed qualification attempt last month, I told myself that I would try again later in the month or February, but now God forbids me to do so. Since that week the weather has been consistently warm again that we now have returned to 16-24°C air temperature and 18-19°C sea temperature now. I have already found some people outside Hong Kong who are willing to take my September slot in case I decide to give up my Channel swim….

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My final 3 months in Hong Kong – giving myself a last chance to get improvement in swimming

My final 3 months in Hong Kong – giving myself a last chance to get improvement in swimming

As my Channel training in the past year went wrong in every possible aspect, the problem of not being able to get back to the right track has already made me too stressed that it’s affecting my health. After visiting a psychologist last week, I have decided to suspend my Channel training, and try to find a friend who’s willing to take my spot in case if I finally decide not to do it this year. My former Total Immersion…

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Channel swim training the wrong way – cold water swims went wrong

Channel swim training the wrong way – cold water swims went wrong

It’s now January 2021 and my Channel training hasn’t gone back to the right track yet. Everything is still wrong. Today I have come closer to giving up. Last month, December 2020, I tried to ramp up my training from 18 km / week before my head injury to 28 km / week in Christmas period. I got too tired and had to reduce to 20 km / week in the first week of January, and this week I should…

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End of 2020

End of 2020

2020 has now come to the end. As in past years, it’s now time to review my goals from beginning of the year, and set up new goals for 2021. The goals of 2020, ordered from the highest priority, are the following: to qualify for the World Trail Orienteering Championship (scheduled for 2020-11-08 to 2020-12-05 in Hong Kong) as a Hong Kong representative to remain in élite classes in sprint orienteering and trail orienteering in Hong Kong in 2021 to…

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Channel swim training the wrong way – 16 km benchmark swim

Channel swim training the wrong way – 16 km benchmark swim

In the past 10 months, my training went completely wrong. I could not do my desired training from February to September. I could only get back since October. Despite that, I didn’t believe my situation to be bad enough to give it up outright, so I tried to adjust my second training block (November to April) to compensate for my missing training previously. In my original plan, I would do a 30 km rehearsal swim in February, or alternatively my…

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Channel swim training the wrong way – July to November 2020

Channel swim training the wrong way – July to November 2020

Continued from the first half of the year. July 2020 I didn’t continue the training in the swim clubs. Instead, I was waiting for my coach, Chung Ho, to resume teaching when the situation of COVID-19 improved. My swimming was at an all-time low since I started in 2018, normally only getting in the water 2 times per week, less than an hour each time, as everything including the pools and the ocean were too hot for me. Then, in…

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Channel swim training the wrong way – January to June 2020

Channel swim training the wrong way – January to June 2020

Now, a lot of people already know that I’m going to swim the Channel in September 2021, so it’s time for me to share my training progress. The beginning At the end of 2018, the idea of swimming the Channel during a working holiday in 2021 appeared in my mind. It would be a fun and extraordinary thing for me to do, to make my working holiday special and unregrettable. Morever, at that time, there weren’t any Hongkongers who had…

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