Failure is something we all experience at some point. It’s nothing to be ashamed of, if anything it should be embraced.
Whether it’s missing the wall on a flip turn, getting disqualified in your best event or flunking an exam at school, how we persevere through adversity defines who we are.
Swimming for a Good Cause
In November 2019, I committed to swimming 100,000 meters to raise money for the Movember Foundation, which raises awareness for prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health issues. You might be familiar with Movember’s “No Shave November” movement.
The scary truth is that men’s cancers are far too common. 1 in 9 men will develop prostate cancer. I want to help change that!
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I thought this challenge would be an exciting way to push my limits while supporting a great cause.
But I fell short. I was able to swim 95,000 meters over the month of November, but I got sick and couldn’t make it to the pool for the last week of the month. I got so close, and I failed.
A Second Chance
While it was frustrating to fall short of my goal, I’m ready to try again this year! I am committed to swimming 100,000 meters in November!
And if 100,000 meters sounds like a lot of swimming, it’s because it is. 62 miles to be exact.
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That’s equivalent to swimming around Manhattan Island in New York City twice, or crossing the English Channel three times.
Planning My Workouts
Swimming 100k in a pool is much different, and arguably easier, than swimming in open water, but it’s still no joke, and I’m not swimming it straight. Here’s how the math works out:
There are 30 days in the month of November, I have to average at least 3,350 meters per day. Because I swim in a 25-yard pool, that means I have to swim at least 3,700 yards per day.
It’s going to take about 90 minutes of swimming every single day. I know I can do it, and I’m motivated to reach this goal!
How to Support Me
If you want to support me, you can donate to my 100k swim challenge here! This money will help Movember tackle prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health issues.
I have a $1,000 goal, and I hope you guys can help me crush it! If you donate just $1 for every 1,000 meters I swim, that’s a $100 donation. Donate here >
You can also follow me in the MySwimPro app where I’ll be logging all my workouts and also in the MySwimPro Global Community Facebook group. I’ll also be sharing my journey on my personal social media accounts so feel free to follow me there as well!
If you can’t donate, share this blog post, join our Facebook group, follow along on social media and do your part to support Movember!
Sometimes failure is a reality check to keep us humble and motivated. Regardless of how you fail, or what you fail in, what’s most important is what you do next!