Cook Strait Swim, New Zealand

Monday, July 14, 2014

Training for the North Channel

In July of 2015 I will be returning to Ireland to attempt another solo crossing of the North Channel. Last year Mother Nature provided some very strong currents off the coast of Scotland preventing me from reaching the finish line. My attempt ended after swimming 16 hours and 43 minutes in 58-59 degree water and less than one mile from the finish.  It was gut-wrenching not to finish but I was not defeated.  In the past few months my swimming has been in the early season of swim training. But, now I need to crank it up a notch and enter the mid-season of swim training (mid July to December).  This will include cross-training such as workouts on the elliptical machine, stationary bike, and weight training.  I will swim at least four days per week for 3+ hour each day. Every other week I will have a four to five hour swim in one day and gradually increase the time and continue with my normal swim schedule.  And yes, I still works as a nurse 4 days per week and help care for my three young grandchildren(ages 6, 3 and 2 years old) forty plus hours per week.  You may ask where do I find the time to train?  It takes much planning.... My days off from work and time off from caring for my grandchildren, are scheduled as my long training days.  The days that I work and care for my young grandchildren, I plan short sessions of cross training.  You are invited to follow my blog for updates every two weeks on my training.  I will post the first and third week of each month.   Happy Swimming!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Peaks to Portland 2014

   The 33rd annual Peaks to Portland swim was held today under sunny skies with air temperature in the 70's and water temperature of 58 degrees. A strong incoming tide brought colder currents not anticipated by many swimmers.  Most of the 363 swimmers wore wetsuits and only a handful of swimmers followed the old tradition to swim without a wetsuit. Nine brave swimmers were pulled from the chilly waters of Casco Bay. I applaud all swimmers for their participation in this wonderful event promoted by the YMCA as a fundraiser for their swim programs.  Again, the Y promoted a safe open water swim as clearly shown by the many volunteers monitoring the swim and attending to the needs of swimmers with hypothermia.
  The winner of the Men's Non-Wetsuit Division was Simon Wignal of Falmouth, Maine with a time of 0:46:48.4  and the winner of the Women's Non-Wetsuit Division was Julie Dansereau of Windham, Maine with a time of 0:49:28.8.   I applaud their speed, endurance, and desire to follow the tradition of non-wetsuits.
   The winner of the Men's Wetsuit Division Scott Yeoman of Bethlehem,Pa and the winner of the Women's Wetsuit Division was Cheryl Daly of Maine.
   Congratulation to all swimmers....it was an incredible event.  Many thanks to the Y and all volunteers for their dedication in promoting the Peaks to Portland. 
 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Appreciation of sponsorship

I would like to thank Keller Williams Realty of Maine for their very generous contribution toward my next marathon swim scheduled for 2015.  Their support is greatly appreciated. Last year when I listed my home with Julie Kocian of Keller Williams Realty, she had my home under contract within a week.  If you are looking to buy or sell a home in Maine, I would highly recommend their company. In appreciation of their support, I will proudly wear their logo on my swim cap.   Many thanks to Keller Williams Realty.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Working Class Athlete

Today Arena Water Instinct posted an article on their website about my swimming endeavors. Many of my swims have been in memory of my brother Robbie who died at the age of 34 from a sudden and unexpected heart attack. I am very grateful to Arena for writing about the global swim event "Swim for your Heart" to bring an awareness to heart disease and its prevention.  http://www.waterinstinct.com/water-life/pat-gallant-charette-working-class-athlete/
Contact information: patgallant.charette@gmail.com

Thursday, May 1, 2014

My Bucket List of Marathon Swims

People from all over the world have their own personal list of goals they want to accomplish in their life.  I have a special bucket list of 15 marathon swims that I would love to achieve.   At the age of 63, I continue to work as a nurse to fund my swims and help care for my three young grandchildren (ages 6, 3 and 2 years old) forty plus hours per week and train in my  spare time. I believe I have many more years of swimming ahead of me. I am very proud to say that my mother is nearly 90 years old and still swims three days a week. And now the drum roll, please:     Pat's Bucket List of Marathon swims:    #1 English Channel (done 2011), #2 Catalina Channel (done 2011), #3 Strait of Gibraltar (done 2010), #4 Tsugaru Channel (done 2012), #5 North Channel in Ireland-- plan to re-attempt in 2015, #6 Cook Strait in New Zealand--plan to re-attempt in 2016, #7 Molokai Channel in Hawaii in 2017, #8 Manhattan Marathon Swim, #9 Swim around Key West,  #10 Lake Ontario, #11 Loch Ness in Scotland, #12 Tampa Bay Marathon swim, #13 Lake Tahoe swim, #14 Rottnest swim in Australia, #15 Lake Zurich in Switzerland.