Chicken’s List

12 days to MIMS!!!!!!!!

My packing list:

-2 suits;
-4 new pairs of goggles (two tinted, two clear);
-one old pair of goggles for Brighton swim;
-2 caps (one silicon, one latex, both lucky);
-my OW kit (personal lubricants and sunscreen);
-4 feed bottles with string;
-Perpetuem (enough for 9 1/2 hrs worth of feeds, + spare)
-Gu’s (about 8);
-sandwich baggy full of AdvilĀ®
-instructions re pre-race meeting etc, copy of flights and hotel reservation;
-Goody bag for my crew;
-cooler bag for crew’s food/drinks;
-fishing tackle;
-thankyou cards/$ for boat crew and kayaker;
-swim backpack for stuff at race start;

-Flip video camera;
-phone and charger;
-ipod and charger;
-camera and charger;
-reading glasses;

-7 pairs of underpants;
-6-7 outfits (dresses, skirts etc);
-1 pair of nice shoes and 1 pair of flipflops;
-light jacket;
-swim parka for race start;
-ball cap for after swim hair disasters;
-hair and makeup stuff;
-modest night attire so as not to scare my roommate;
-nice handbag containing wallet & sundry personal items;

To buy in NY

-water bottles and coke/ginger beer for boat;
-food for crew on boat;
-tshirts for kids that say “My mum went to New York and all I got was this crappy tshirt”

Did I forget anything?

Oh, and to donate to my cause (The American Macular Degeneration Foundation), please to go:

Eyes on the Prize!

5 weeks until MIMS!!!!

Am I ready for a 28 mile swim? NO!!!! I’m experiencing a very bad motivational slump and have been very slack indeed.

Here’s a picture of what I looked like after last year’s 8hr 36 minute swim. I thought it might be motivational but on second thoughts….


I plan on doing two long swims over the next two weeks before tapering for the big day. Most of my taper time will be spent acclimatizing myself to the cold. Lake Michigan is still in the 50’s, so I’m hoping that the expected 60’s temperatures around Manhattan will feel balmy. One can always hope…

This year I’m fundraising for the American Macular Degeneration Foundation. My grandfather lost his eyesight to macular degeneration and my mother recently lost a large portion of her eyesight to this disease.

If anyone would like to contribute, please click on the following link, and follow the prompts starting with “donate now”.

This is still a preliminary beg, but I’ll no doubt get more creative and and quite possibly forceful with my extortion attempts.

If this doesn’t satisfy your urge to give, I’m willing to help out even more by accepting donations to help pay my hotel bill…