Hello all. Just wanted to let you know I clocked in at nineteen (count them: 19) miles this morning for our Swim for Distance Month, still with half a week to go. I should easily hit 20 on Friday, there's still Saturday and if I manage a long swim on Sunday, I could even hit the fabled 23. Either way, I'd say I've earned my t-shirt. But will I have enough sponsor dough to buy a water buffalo
Heifer International? Or at least a goat, some chicks and a hive of bees or two or three? Well, that all depends on you. If I haven't hit you up yet, it's just because I haven't personally run into you. By all means, consider yourself hit up. Sponsor me by the mile or the kilometer (31.4 so far) and help some poor family in Nepal (or someplace in Asia--you can find the range of a water buffalo here) improve their situation.
So what's it like to swim 23 miles in a month's time, you ask. Well, it involves swimming just about every day, weather permitting, and frankly, I am TIRED. I've noticed when I lift heavy things, my arms are sore. These back to back swims, where I swim one evening and then again eight hours later the following morning, are the worst. There's just not enough muscle recovery time and the it's like swimming through peanut butter. I'll be glad to go back to my usual 4-5 times a week. Yeah, you'd think if you're swimming almost every day, anyway, what's so hard about throwing in two more days and staying in the water longer, but somehow it makes a big difference. Like the big difference it would make for a poor family to have a water buffalo, and--nah, I already talked about that.
One thing I'm pretty sure I haven't mentioned is how nice it is to be upside down in the water (doing a flip turn) and be listening to Beethoven at the same time. In case y'all missed it, my awesome sister Kristen bought me an underwater iPod last Christmas and it's just been the best gift ever. I think classical music works best for long sets and rock is best for speed sets, but the important thing is giving my brain something to do besides count laps. I'm already plotting out what I'm going to listen to for the Really Long Swim in September. So thank you, Kristen! and cheers, all.