Happily Falling into Fall
The fact that I am looking at Halloween costumes is a clear sign that I have been out of the water for far too long! My hair feels healthy, my finger nails are thick, and my skin no longer smells of chlorine when on the bus or at the gym...this is looking bad! I will say however, that with the experience of last year I am ok with this. In late 2014/early 2015 I was really struggling emotionally. This isn't news to any of you... I was very open about these struggles. I spent over a year waking up early to swim before work, and yes sometimes after work as well. I lived in the pool and as much as I love floating around in the water.. enough is enough already!
It's no surprise that the 2015 swim had me feeling very similarly. Not to mention I wasn't as kind to my shoulders this time around and they have needed some extra TLC. The good news.... I am so happy I haven't been in the water since August! On top of that... I am getting close to packing my bag with caps and goggles and booking my modo car for 5am again! It's just around the corner! I can feel it! In the meantime, I have had the opportunity to watch other inspiring women take the lead and challenge themselves to #endMS in the past months!
Brenna MacLean: She is a young woman who recently ran the Rock'n'Roll Half Marathon (her first) and raised over $3,000 for MS! Funny enough, she started out as a swimmer also and made the Junior National Team!
Lindsay McCallum: Lindsay has participated in fundraising events for years! her goal, along with an army of friends and family is to raise $30,000 over ten years of contributions.
Aly Couch: Aly competed in her first ironman Canada race in Whistler just 3 weeks before SwimMS this year. She surpassed her fundraising goal and finished like a champ! What a show of inspiration leading into the big swim!
Ladies. We are awesome! I am so honored to have been able to watch these talented and determined young women! I am thankful to be a part of a group of women like this! Thanks for keeping me inspired and coming back for more!
All the warm fuzzies aside, I am excited for what SwimMS may hold in the future. Evidence has shown that there does need to be some kind of change to keep the swim accessible and give it a shot at longevity. I have been fortunate enough to re-connect with some people who will be a great asset to the event, and if we continue to reach out to others for help I do know SwimMS will have a wonderful future! Anyone who is interested in getting involved is welcome to email firstname.lastname@example.org
Boys and Girls... see you in the pool shortly. Until then I am getting warmed up by swimming in this rain!