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    While coaching swimming nothing would send the hair on the back of my neck standing more than the words ‘I CAN’T’. My internal scream would send out a louder ‘WHY NOT’. The interaction, the turbulence, provided a direction…head first into the fire. I feared that the ‘I CAN’T’, if not investigated, concretes itself into the safe harbor, the containment, of a lifelong ‘BREAKWALL’. The ‘WHY NOT’ is ‘THE BEYOND’, the battle cry, the direction, the salvaging effort. The metaphor is ageless, human.
    Going ‘BEYOND BREAKWALLS’ is living your life… ‘BBW’ is the encouragement.

    I am dedicating these efforts in support of 'The Brotherhood For The Fallen'

    They represent reverently, modestly, and humbly the individuals who chose a side, planted their heels, and met their final call. They are Hero’s, represented by Hero's. It's an incredible honor.
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13 August, Midnight. Reaching through to other shores.

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This post, most anyway, I like to toss out there to stay on track…

The date is secured, 13 August 2013, the swim from Catalina Island to mainland California (someplace) will be in effect. Once on shore the ‘Triple Crown’ of long distance swimming will be completed. It has been a real journey, a continuing journey.


‘Beyond Breakwalls’, how do you like the image? It is a navigation, nautical tool to provide vessels a ‘safe harbor’ from storms and high Seas. It’s a safe place…comfortable.


However, the image is a metaphor. From a ‘Coaching’ perspective, going beyond the Breakwalls, the safe harbor of our lives, the comfort of our lives, is a necessity. Living contained, confined within the walls of our comfort zones is a ‘LIFE SENTENCE’…blind.

With ‘BBW’ the daily postings are random thoughts that enter my mind to help break through the moments that, if chosen, will compromise the mission. It seems to be a constant conversation, a constant choice, a deterrent. These thoughts, I find, help motivate, sometimes hinder, are emotional, and run wild…


I keep asking myself; What’s the trick? Here is what keeps popping up in my psyche…Try not to ponder any one of these thoughts to long. Hard to do sometimes, very difficult. I keep telling myself at times to ‘chill out’, ‘go easy’, and just keep rotating these random thoughts through, like a turn-style at the airport, keep the traffic rolling.

It will be calm waters soon enough. ‘BBW’ displays some of these thoughts, they may sound familiar. As we move forward and closer to the date of the swim, life will definitely get interesting.


You will come up against the finest match that will not budge. Hardheaded, afraid, filled with emotions and everything human.  They will refuse to be inconvenienced or made uncomfortable. A real pain in the ass… You know the guy/girl, you know them intimately… Your deepest self.


Walking ashore, completing the swim, doesn’t capture the story. Swimming for hours just seems silly at face value, not worth the effort really…


However, from a little bit of experience, the challenge bulges with what it takes, what we know in the depth of our souls that it takes, to live an extraordinary life. We know the direction, it’s difficult, hard. It is the direction… It is happening NOW. The choices and challenges are intentional NOW!


Stagnant? Board? Not really. It’s the opposite…excited and pressed daily to transform personally, bites at a time. A last call in your life to change and tweak a lifestyle to sustain the training and give yourself a second chance. Walking on the shore, swimming for hours, reaching other shores; such a small irevelant piece of the ‘SWIM’. The real Victory? You will have lived your life exceptionally.

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  • About Nial

    I fell a few times in the past few years that 'BBW' is a climb back, a rekindling of my Soul. The postings keep me 'tracking' in a passionate direction. I need that, Passion. The other piece that is so important to me, especially at this time in my life, is to somehow share the experience, the attitude, humor, pain... all things human. It's in this place we can relate and in certain moments...carry each other. I need that too.
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  • Swims Completed

    1. English Channel

    2. Strait of Gibraltar

    3. Manhattan Island

    4.Chicago Shoreline

    5. Chicago to Michigan

    6. Catalina Island