Friday, August 29, 2014
My next solo swim attempt of the North Channel between Ireland and Scotland will occur in about 11 months. My training includes endurance swims, weight lifting 3 x per week, and cross training. (And yes, I still work 32 hours a week as a nurse and help care for my 3 young grandchildren 40+ hours per week). Last year I intentionally gained weight to help fight off the notoriously cold waters of the Irish Sea. The extra weight on a swimmer is somewhat comparable to wearing a wetsuit....it keeps you warm. The extra weight certainly helped me to stay warm but it significantly slowed me down, too. I made the decision to lose some of the excess weight to see if my swim speed will improve. I plan to continue with cold acclimation by swimming late into the swim season here in Maine. For the past few weeks, I've been consuming smaller portions and following a healthy eating plan. I am very pleased with my progress. I want to have a successful solo crossing next year and I will do all the necessary hard training to reach my goal.....and, I realize there is an element of "LUCK" involved with Mother Nature. I hope next year she will be kind and give me weak currents off the coast of Scotland. But in the meantime, I will train hard and hope for the best.