Cook Strait Swim, New Zealand

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Countdown to Dover

In two weeks I will be leaving for Dover with my crew.  All final preparations are complete.  I'm continuing to train 6 days a week in the Atlantic Ocean. Each day varies in the amount of swimming. I have stopped weight lifting and cross training.    My swim taper will start the day I depart for England.  At the age of 60, I continue to feel strong and energetic.   I will be swimming under the rules of the English Channel Swim Association. They will have an official on board to monitor my swim.  Reg Brickell is my boat pilot. His boat is named the Viking Princess.  My slot is from August 18th to the 28th. When I receive word from Reg about the start time of my swim, I will post it.  One of my crew members will have a phone on board and he will relay updates every few hours.  I'm feeling very positive about my upcoming swim.  I've trained hard and I'm ready.   My brother Robbie's name will be written on my arm as a tribute to him.  His 16 year old son Christopher is part of my crew along with my brother David, sister-in-law Jeannie, and nephew Kyle.  I am honored to have them as my crew.  And many thanks to my husband, children, friends, family and co-workers for being very supportive.  It is greatly appreciated.

5 comments:

Bonnie Smith said...

So excited for you....I'll be watching the blog so I'll know when you get in the water. I hope you know what an inspiration you you are!
Go Pat!

Bonnie

Anonymous said...

We'll be following your progress, Pat!
Ron and Yumi Dearth

Anonymous said...

Best Wishes from Minnesota, Pat. I had a feeling it was nearly time for your Channel challenge, so wanted to register continued support from the Boyle family--

Sisu, as they say here in Minnesot. Courage and Fortitude to you and crew. Terry Boyle Falsani

Rick Charette said...

It won't be long now Pat. I'm sure you can feel everyone's positive energy building as your swim date for your English Channel swim approaches. You have worked and trained very hard. Have the time of your life. We wish you a successful crossing an an exhilarating finish! You are inspiring the hopes and dreams of us all. Rick & Maureen & Jacob, Sean & Maria, Maurya & James

Virginia Wilder Cross said...

You are an inspiration to all of us! Best of luck from all your Pine Point admirers. Ginny