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Sustaining the habit

During yesterday’s swim I had a chat with Mr. Konno, the jolly lifeguard there. Mr. Konno was telling me that a friend of mine who I saw at the pool the other day, and was there longer than me but was slower, had swim 6k that day. That’s double what I did.

Mr. Konno was saying that I should also try for longer distances. I would be able to now, I wouldn’t have been able to a month ago when I started back though. I think if I were to go for longer distances, I’d still want to have my shorter, quicker swims in there.

Just doing long distance swimming say once a week would not be enough to sustain the habit. Once a week is not enough for me to make headwind (although it should be enough to stay on top), unless I stick to a strict schedule, which isn’t always possible.

No I think if I’m to do long distance stuff, I’d have to be in combination with what I’m currently doing so I can keep going. Too much of a break can really put you out of whack, and I’m afraid long distance swimming would do that. But as with everything, you don’t know until you try.

Tim Bunting Kiwi Yamabushi

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Hi, I’m Tim Bunting AKA the Kiwi Yamabushi, a New Zealander who became a Yamabushi Ascetic in the Dewa Sanzan mountains of north Japan. I’m part of the Yamabushido team, and we host life-altering Yamabushi training on the Dewa Sanzan (website link). People come to us for the ultimate mindfulness experience, to reach the next level, or simply connect with nature and themselves.


I’m on a mission to summit all 100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata Prefecture to spread the splendour of this fabulous location, and in dedication to all those who lost their lives out in nature, including my father.


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