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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

Self-swim

Philosophy acquired in race.💡In the half way, I caught up with a man. I tried to speed up my stroke frequency but couldn’t be faster. I was still parallel to him. I focused too much on him. Then, I switched the focus on myself only. Told myself ‘Enjoy every stroke and second in in ice water. Concentrate on techniques.’ then, I got over the opponent effortlessly. It seems that being able to enjoy the process brings me to the next level. 🙏🏿 In the race, I m ultimately swimming with myself not others. I want to do my best performance for myself.

Aims of race: To test what I have learned in daily training. Enjoy every stroke during the swim in ice water. Chit-chat with friends before and after races. Swim for physical and mental health.💆🏻‍♂️ Look at the values I gain instead of results and achievements.

Picture after Prague 1km race in 3.8°C water 🤟🏽🌨💨Saturday.

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Purpose of life

[serious] Does anybody share similar thoughts?

Comparing sport with life, most of us chase for the achievements and results. In work/career/society, chase for money, titles, certificates, posession? In sport, One challenge is done and look for another challenge? Want to win medals?

Sometimes, I felt like being a hamster running in a circle cage while seeing other “hamsters” fall and scream. 😵‍💫Then, I started to question: what was the purpose of sports and even life? Did I swim the English Channel and ice miles to fill the void?😮‍💨 I got lost and into depression mode.

Sunk down all thoughts, I got out from the confusion by refining my purposes💡🤩:

1. Bring values to others. If luckily you find my ideas helpful, it helps me to find my purposes. Please let me know. 😊🤝

2. Have fun. If I don’t enjoy swimming, I don’t do it everyday. Concentrate on and enjoy the process more than the achievement and results. 🥳Swim like partying. For example, observe how the arms catching the water and how the water flows. How we can reduce our water resistance.

3. Be grateful and don’t take things for granted. For example, I m grateful to have good health now to swim like this. 🙂 I didn’t even realize. and looked back the time after knee surgery years ago, I walked on crutches and couldn’t go anywhere.

Through social medias, we can build positive minds instead of putting hollow achievements and triggering jealous comparison. It is our job as a human.

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Keep your brain vibrant in 2021

Picture from 750m butterfly at 74th Alfred Nikodem Memorial swim in Prague. Photo credit: Jiri Svejda, Blanka Polova and Marek Svejda.

Most folks put out new year review and new year resolution post. I dodged from it this time. Try to keep my brain away from the tradition set by the society.

It doesn’t make a difference when the calendar is switched from 2020 to 2021. Time is going forward and the world is still spinning. It doesn’t stop even one second when we celebrated the new year. A new year won’t make you better or worse. Keep up with all the belief we have. Always question what the media and society feed to your brain.

Kept up my own tradition to swim 750m butterfly in a freestyle event while others swam crawling style. Society wants to put you in a game to compete for “medals” and results. Often, we forget about why we even started a hobby. We do it for fun.

First time interviewed by Ceska Televize. I tried my best to express my idea above although only got a minute to talk.

https://www.ceskatelevize.cz/porady/10169270779-plavani/220471291384004-otuzilci-na-vltave/?fbclid=IwAR3nUzKE_zfoJJvNeB4dUlaPysnJorsb2OSurBYIrhQgx4HG-l-sDzmfiTk

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Your passion leads to limitless possibilities.

“Your passion leads to limitless possibilities.”

Those words wrap up my  journey in 2020. 

Express my feeling after absorbing the Bruce Lee’s quote “using no way as way. having no limitation as limitation.” and a quote “where there is a will, there is a way.” Your willpower and determination ultimately come from your passion. You do something because you love it. The passion and love give you a tremendous source of power. It opens the door of boundless possibilities.

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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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