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It's official! On August 11--exactly one week after my 59th birthday--I will be swimming across Cayuga Lake. Why? You might well ask. I'm not concerned about the distance (it's not that far). But it's dark. And it's deep. And it's cold. And none of those things is especially comforting to me. I am swimming to overcome, or at least face, my fears.
More importantly, I'm participating in Women Swimmin' to raise money for Hospicare & Palliative Care Services. When we lost Dad a few years back, he was in hospice very briefly. However, the care and compassion we received in that short time was extraordinary. We experienced first hand the importance and blessing of this exquisitely important type of caring.
The funds I raise will provide medical expertise and emotional, spiritual, and practical support to patients and their families. Your donation to Women Swimmin' will help make this important end-of-life care available to anyone in Tompkins or Cortland counties who needs it--regardless of their ability to pay.
My Personal Web Log
For the past couple of weeks, things have been challenging. I finally found a group of women swimmers to swim in the lake with, but there has been the threat of thunderstorms almost everyday. I have missed more than one opportunity for lake swimming to weather concerns--which, more often than not, never panned out.
Add to that that, for some unknown reason, the pool at Cornell has been closed the entire time. As soon as it reopened, someone broke a bottle in the pool (how that even presented as a possibility is beyond me)!
Now, I was in the lake on July 28, at which point, I swam 1.25 miles. That's more than I have to swim on August 11! I hadn't been in water for a week before that, and now it's Thursday and I haven't been since. I'm not convinced that long, cold swims once a week are in my best interest. (eep)
by Janey Bosch on Thu, Aug 02, 2018 @ 10:27 AM
After a few weeks of support falling apart due to life circumstances, I finally got in the Lake for the first time on Friday. What an experience! I was not afraid--at least, not consciously. Surprisingly, I wasn't cold! The water was certainly cold in places, but it never felt unmanageable. That may be different in the middle where it's considerably deeper.
The strangest thing was visibility, both within and on top of the water. I couldn't see anything beyond my own arms. Everything was a swirl of green. Plus, I would be swimming--or so I thought--toward a particular destination, only to find that I had travelled considerably to my left or right. A very interesting challenge.
Where are the lines on the bottom?! ;^]
I'm beginning to get concerned because finding swim buddies who are both available when I am and when there is no danger from algae, seems to be getting more and more difficult. I hope I get enough practice in in the Lake!
by Janey Bosch on Mon, Jul 16, 2018 @ 12:23 PM
Feeling pretty confident... ?
Today I swam 2500 yards in an hour. I believe I swam more, as I kept losing count. I kept thinking that the lengths in the 50s (I count by length), were like Pennsylvania--you just keep driving, but you never get out of it.
In any case, that's farther than the actual swim. Next week, I'm going to try for more. I know there are currents I need to consider.
Now, If I could just get somebody to get in the lake with me, I'd be all set.
by Janey Bosch on Sun, Jul 08, 2018 @ 4:47 PM
A funny thing happened on the way to Women Swimmin'. I developed an allergy to chlorine. Or is it bromine?
by Janey Bosch on Thu, Jul 05, 2018 @ 7:20 PM
A friend of mine just lost her mother, who had been in Hospicare the last weeks of her life. So, I am dedicating my swim to Mary Beth Grant and her mom, Kathleen.
by Janey Bosch on Sun, Jun 24, 2018 @ 6:17 PM
I've always breathed only on my right side when swimming. Not a friendly way to treat my neck, but I would panic every time I tried breathing on the left. I would always sink just a bit and take in some water. Eeeek! My coach keeps encouraging me to breathe bilaterally. I would try it, and abandon it almost as quickly, after swallowing a bit of the pool.
Well, today, all that changed. For the umpteenth time, my coach asked me to try breathing bilaterally. I don't know what it was he said, but I decided to give it a try and, for some reason, this time it worked! I swam a hundred yards, easily, breathing bilaterally! I didn't take in any water! I didn't sink!
Henceforth, I will breathe bilaterally, allowing my technique to be more balanced and efficient. My neck will be so happy!
by Janey Bosch on Sun, May 20, 2018 @ 7:14 PM
Thank you for your support of Women Swimmin' for Hospicare! You can contact us or mail donations to:Hospicare & Palliative Care Services
ATTN: Women Swimmin' for Hospicare
172 East King Road, Ithaca, NY 14850
607-272-0212 (Monday-Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm)
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