If I Can Do This, I Will Swim Across the English Channel
“If I can do this, I will swim across the English Channel,” thought Rene Martínez Saenz, a member of Protección y Conservación Pelágica AC, a Mexican non-profit organization whose mission is to protect open ocean marine life in Mexico.
But Martínez did not finish his first marathon swim. It was the opposite of success: he got lost, became dehydrated, and suffered defeat. Back on shore, he redefined and reiterated his promise to myself: even though he did not finish his first swim, he vowed to swim across the English Channel.
Ultimately, Martínez circled Manhattan Island, crossed the English Channel, and swam the Catalina Channel achieve the Triple Crown. “After a few years from my English Channel swim, I finally got this cut of a video which originally was thought as a memory. After reflecting over my experience, I thought about sharing this journey from the point of view of an ‘average Joe’ who took swimming as a main driver to contribute to a certain cause (marine conservation) if I can inspire a single soul to do something challenging and get out of their comfort zones through physical activity, I will be thrilled.”
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