Oceans Seven......Pat's Adventure of a Lifetime

Monday, May 18, 2015

Peak training season for the North Channel swim

In two months I will be in Ireland to swim the twenty-one mile North Channel. My last two months of training before this grueling swim will be intense.  I plan to train six days per week until I board the plane to Ireland. The days that I work as a nurse and care for my young grandchildren (ages 7, 4, and 3), I will cross train after I have tucked them in bed.  I believe family always comes first.... So, I will enjoy every moment caring for my grandchildren. After they have fallen to sleep, I will workout on a stationary bike and treadmill for a couple of hours.  On my days off from work and babysitting, I plan to have long endurance swims and cross train.  I will take one day off as a rest day.  From past experience, I know that mental preparation is crucial. I have prepared myself for all the challenges that I will face during one of the most difficult swims in the world. Let the countdown begin... 

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Pat I was at Sebago Lake today with my daughter, son-in-law, granddaughters and three of their friends celebrating my oldest granddaughter's 12 year birthday. I want to say thank you for stopping for a moment while swimming to speak to three of the kids. Jaden was asking questions about your swimming and you took the time to let the children know you swam the English Channel 2 years ago and would be leaving in 3 weeks to swim from Irelnd to Scotland. Good luck in swimming the north channel! Thank you sharing with the kids!

pat said...

Thank you for your kind words. Please tell your granddaughter that I wish her a very special birthday.

John Trafton said...

I have been a patient of your very talented brother David. Go Pat! Will be following as you swim to a successful finale!

pat said...

John, Thank you for your kind words about my brother David. I am very fortunate to have him as part of my crew. He's the best! Wishing you a speedy recovery.