Race Report: Swim the Suck 2014

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Yesterday I swam ten miles in the Tennessee River Gorge and had an absolutely marvelous time!

I’m still in Chattanooga, and will write a detailed post about the race, the beautiful scenery, and the terrific people, but just wanted to take the time to thank a few people: Karah Nazor, our terrific and well-organized race director; Carl Jordan, my excellent kayaker and (hopefully) a new friend; and everyone who donated to my fundraiser, River of Hope, to benefit La Casa de las Madres. I’ll write the check for La Casa when I get home on Tue morning, so there is still time for you to chip in and help them help domestic violence survivors.

Now that my 2014 season is officially over, I’m going to spend my winter eating healthfully and getting back on a schedule of 3k workouts, 5 times a week, supplemented by some weight work 2-3 times a week. I’ll also do Pilates in the mornings, because it makes me feel wonderful for the rest of the day. I’m determined to reverse the icky physical feelings that resulted from my year of depression. Some of this may include weight loss, which will ease my chronic back pain and maybe lower the odds of inflammation, but mostly I’m focusing on getting flexibility and nimbleness back.

Event Report: WCRC’s Swim-A-Mile

Last Sunday at 5 a Hastings team I put together, called Laps of Judgment, swam the WCRC’s Swim-A-Mile for Women with Cancer.

I really like the Mills College pool, which, albeit chlorinated, is out in the open air. And the whole event exudes happiness and good will.

My dad, who swims approximately 1.5km in the pool once or twice a week, swam his longest race yet!

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And here’s the entire team, comprised of Hastings students, faculty, family and friends:

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Much as I love this event, which brings together people of all levels and abilities to enjoy the water in the sun together, I’m beginning to suffer from a bit of organizer fatigue. I think I may encourage the students to start a student organization that will put together this event, and others, and limit my energy to offering the students Alcatraz swims for our annual public interest auction.