“If we don’t offer ourselves to the unknown our senses dull. Our world becomes small and we lose our sense of wonder”.
– Kent Nerburn
The above is a favourite quote of mine and in many ways, “chasing a sense of wonder” could adequately describe my motivation for most endeavours. I am fascinated by exploring both limits and places, and I hate the idea that my senses could grow dull through inactivity. I think human beings are packed full of such incredible potential, it’s a great pity to waste it.
There are various ways to “offer ourselves to the unknown” – anytime we try something new we do just that. When thinking of adventures, I used to look to exotic locations as a basic starting point but then I realised that there are plenty of opportunities close to home, too. The Channel Islands Triathlon is about taking a well-known sporting event like a triathlon, and the familiar destination of the Channel Islands – and seeing both of those things with fresh eyes.
I’ll be swimming around Sark (5 miles), kayaking around Guernsey (28 miles) and cycling around Jersey (45 miles). Three islands, three different disciplines!
It’s a totally new challenge for me – although a total water baby at heart, this will be the most serious swim I’ve ever done. The intensity of the adventure will also provide a fresh challenge; my adventures are normally over a much longer distance, and also a much longer time frame. Training for the swim is taking top priority as this will be undoubtedly the toughest of the 3 disciplines for me. I have to learn how to make my stroke as efficient as possible and I’ll also be doing a lot of outdoor swimming to help my body adapt to cold water.
I feel nervous and excited – mostly a wonderful combination of both. One thing is for sure, my senses are wide awake.
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