Been a while since I've blogged, but I have a few minutes before I have to leave my house for a Sunrise Swim…so I thought I would get in a quick update!
Things are getting wrapped up planning wise for the swim next week. As is almost always the case, the last minute changes in some crew members schedules requires modifications here and there, but I have learned not to stress too much about those sorts of things as everything tends to work out alright in the end.
Below is my tentative schedule for the swim. While we have been advertising the swim as a 24-hour swim, if we have good conditions and I'm feeling well, I am making preparations to continue on for up to 36 hours.
Shift 1: 9am to 5pm (we do have one person who is switching out at noon, so we can split that shift if needed).
CREW SWITCH LOCATION: (I will be approximately 14 miles into the course) West Shore State Park Boat Launch
Shift 2: 5pm to 12am
CREW SWITCH LOCATION: (I will be approximately 26 miles into the course)Big Arm State Park Boat Launch
Shift 3: 12am to 7am
CREW SWITCH LOCATION: (I will be approximately 38 miles into the course) Boetcher Park Polson
Shift 4: 7 am to 2pm
CREW SWITCH LOCATION: (I will be approximately 50 miles into the course) Yellow Bay State Park
Shift 5: 2pm to end (anytime between 7 and 10)
SWIM END LOCATION: (Full course is 62 miles, projected finish time 36 hours) The Raven Woods Bay
We have been fortunate enough to have a house boat, The Abraham, donated to us by the Price Family for the use of the swim and they are also supplying the drivers of the boat. This is going to be a great improvement on past swims as 1) the crew won't be exposed to the elements the entire swim and 2) we will have the ability to heat up soup and other warm things for me at night to hopefully fend off the cold.
The weather in Montana is quickly turning to fall….and in some places winter! While temperatures are starting to get a little colder, most of the temperature sensors on Flathead Lake still show water temps in the mid 60s. We have a storm predicted this weekend, but I'm hoping the temps hold strong for one more week!
I've been feeling pretty good thus far. I am confident in my training and mentally I feel ready to go.
Time to get on the road for my workout this morning….I will post some pics later!