In swimming, in school, in our careers, and in our lives, we are constantly advised to set goals for ourselves and to lay out the steps to reach those goals. At the same time, we’re also advised to see the journey — our daily “practice” — as being more important than reaching the goal.

What we don’t always consider is what happens when we REACH a goal.

Mile 72

I’ve got so many friends who are such tremendous athletes, this entire article may just seem silly. However, we all have to start somewhere, and this was my start.

The Isle of Jersey is one of the Channel Islands located 110 miles south of London and 14 miles off the coast of France. The island is five miles wide, nine miles long, and 41.5 miles around — should you ever want to swim it. On August 25, 2006, Don Walsh from New Jersey, USA, and Alice Harvey, from the Isle of Jersey did just that. Here’s Don’s story.

Training

What is hard work? Because of my work over the past five years, it’s already starting here, with e-mail questions about training.

The Drive

For those of you who don’t know me very well, I’ll give a quick bit of background, and hopefully, someday, I’ll be able to post more about the “important” parts of my life on here.