Author Archives: MAK Chun Kong

About MAK Chun Kong

Hope to bring revolutionary thoughts in life by doing philosophical extreme swimming challenges.

How the English Channel looks like right now?

[English Channel 🇬🇧 -> 🇫🇷] This is how it looks like in Channel on 25.08.2020. Watch till the end. 😂 Feat. Rostislav Vitek. It s a life lesson. Be patient. Don’t forget to have fun. If it aint no fun, I dont swim.

Support my challenge here: http://bit.ly/English-Channel-HK-en

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Make conditions A, B and C happen!

[Road to English Channel 🇬🇧 -> 🇫🇷] Believe in destiny. 6 years ago, I sat in front of my computer probably with some alcohol in Germany. I had the worst physical condition in my life after surgery on left knee. I read about how people can swim across English Channel. I thought that was crazy. How can people overcome the ultramarathon distance, cold water and financially feasible at the same time? I just set this idea aside. Life and destiny guide me to be here over years. When you think you need conditions A, B and C together to accomplish a task, in reality, all the conditions A, B and C can never happen together right in front of you. When you have A and B, u don’t have C, and vice versa. Only when you decided to go ahead for the goal, you will have all the conditions A, B and C happen!
Picture: Have my Holter 24-hour heart monitor right traveling to UK. Make sure my heart is alright.
Support my challenge here: http://bit.ly/English-Channel-HK-en

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Final preparation

[Road to English Channel 🇬🇧 -> 🇫🇷] There are many reasons not to do a task. But you only need one reason to do a task. My only reason is “I want to”. Based on the pure passion, I just give justification to myself with two “reasons”. “Reason 1″: I want to demonstrate that Hongkongers 🇭🇰can achieve what we have been fighting for. We dare to risk our life to dream big. 🙌🏿”Reason 2”: Two years ago, my great dude Kamil and I, in a trip to support coach man Rostislav Vitek’s @rostavitekswimmer 2 way English Channel, decided to found Born To Swim International Limited in Hong Kong. Sadly, Kamil passed away in April 2020. I decided to hit to the Channel with coach man. I will be able to feel Kamil’s spirit. 🙏🏿

Sports, to me, is a mixture of art, emotion and science together. With only scientific facts, you can’t get through challenges. You need belief and courage to be successful. 🤜🏽🤛🏻

Challenge date: 26 August – 1 September 2020

Picture: Balance my scapula at home with my newly installed TRX system on balcony. from @anna.k.l.c Support my challenge here: http://bit.ly/English-Channel-HK-en

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English Channel Training

[Road to English Channel] The English Channel crossing swim is now confirmed to be on 26 August – 1 September 2020. 🦾 Luckily, water/air temperature will be a bit warmer and with 2 hour more sunlight time. Last week, I finished a 6-day swimming training camp by Rostislav Vitek and plus 2-day weekend races of 3km, 5km and 10km under strong wind and wave in Lipno, Czech Republic. Finalizing the physical condition.
Support my English Channel crossing here: http://bit.ly/English-Channel-HK-en
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Let water guide you

This quarry in Blansko is the place where I had my first authentic ice swim 2.5 years ago, on 21-January-2018. I have rated here as my most favourite swimming place in Czech Republic. 2 weeks ago, I started my new job right next to this quarry. I swim here nearly everyday after work. I feel connected with the nature here such as the ducks, trees and fishes. I am part of it. Water seems to be a god to guide me where to go. Water tells me what to do in life. I believe in water. Thank you water.

Support my swim here: http://bit.ly/English-Channel-HK-en

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Do you just swim? Or are you committed to SWIM?

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1. 把訓練變得有彈性和個人化。如水般。適應現有的狀況。泳池關閉了兩個半月。我把布以諾淡水湖當作大泳池。好處是水溫比泳池凍。水溫在兩個月前是攝氏12度,現在是19度。英倫海峽水溫估計是16度。淡水湖訓練可以模擬英倫海峽。

2. 兩個月訓練已經完成。還有四個月。主要訓練是去學懂聆聽自己身體。恢復是訓練重要一環。我嘗試減少受傷機會。慢慢就準備兩個月後更大量的訓練。

3. 現在訓練是每星期六節,包括五節游泳和一節Total Resistance Exercises (TRX)全面阻力訓練。每週末都有一節長距離游泳,例如上星期六在13度水溫游四小時。當然我係唔著膠衣。平日游泳訓練大約在凍水一小時。

4. 菲比斯 – 將會有障礙。將會有懐疑者。將會有錯誤。但靠勤力,那是沒有極限。

1. Make the training flexible and personal. Be water. Adapt to the situation we have. In the previous 2.5 months, swimming pools were not opened. I treated Brno Reservoir as a big swimming pool. The advantage is that water is colder than swimming pools. I started from 12 degree Celsius water until now 19 degree Celsius water over 2 months. It simulates the condition of English Channel a bit although the Reservoir is with fresh water instead of salt water.

2. Two months training has passed. Four more months to go before the Channel challenge. General strategy is to listen to my body. Recovery is an important part of training. I should avoid injury. After 2 months, the training will go to the peak with higher swimming amount.

3. Current training scheme is 6 days per week including 5 sessions of swimming and 1 session of TRX core training. There is always one hard training at weekend such as 4 hours in 13-degree water. Three trainings on weekdays are easy such as 1 hour in 17 degree water. Of course, all training are without wetsuit.

4. “There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work… there are no limits.” – Michael Phelps

Photo of the whole Brno Reservoir comes from Wikimedia.

6 Hour Swim for English Channel Qualification 游6個鐘取英崘海峽資格

連續凍水游6個鐘,合資格游英崘海峽
Support my swim here: http://bit.ly/English-Channel-HK-en
How can you swim 6 hours in a row in cold water without neoprene? 🥳🥶🥶
This video shows how.
To qualify for swimming across the English Channel, swimmer must swim 6 hours continuously in 16.0 or under degree Celsius water without wetsuit nor warm-keeping clothing. On 9-May-2020, I have finished this qualification.
Each lap was around 450m. I have swum 31 laps in total. Every 2 laps, I had one break around 1-2 minutes to have my food and drink.
Thank David Keňa for support

SWIMSWAM Feature

Can’t believe to be on SWIMSWAM
https://swimswam.com/chun-kong-mak-becomes-first-man-to-swim-a-butterfly-ice-mile/

Feel thankful always. My coach, IISA Austria, supporting crew, medicals, friends, photographer, training partners, my love, my family. Gratitude is a power of life.

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Ice training never stops!

Used some cake moulds to form big ice pieces. Made an ice bath training at home.

👍🏿❄️Training must go on. Strengthen your immunity today!

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Be the first Hongkonger to swim across English Channel

Crowdfunding link: http://bit.ly/English-Channel-HK-en
I (MAK Chun Kong) have a dream which belongs to Hongkongers – be the first made-in-Hong-Kong swimmer in the history to swim across English Channel, as a pioneer in Hong Kong extreme swimming. To make this dream come true, I have been receiving three years of ice and ultramarathon swimming training with international standard. My physical condition is ready to swim across English Channel solo. In this challenge, the actual swimming distance will be over 40km. Water temperature is estimated to be 15-18°C. Through this challenge, I want to let the world know the “never give up” spirit from Hong Kong.

眾籌連結: http://bit.ly/English-Channel
以往三年,接受了冰水游泳與超長途游泳訓練,我的體能已經準備好去個人以游泳方式横渡英倫海峽。估計實際游泳距離是40公里以上,水温攝氏15-18度,更有成千上萬水母恭候。當然,英倫海峽游泳協會不允許泳手穿著膠衣和保暖泳衣。
我不是一個很有速度的泳手,但希望成為史上第一名港産泳手横渡英倫海峽,並成為香港極根游泳的先峰。希望世界可以知道香港人永不言敗和遇强愈强精神。

Music credit: bensound.com