No that question mark is not a mistake…One of the great joys and frustrations with marathon swimming is the unpredictability of it all! Over the past week I have been keeping a close eye on the weather forecast and have been crossing my fingers that it would change to be in my favor. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday leading up to my August 6th date look good, and Sunday, Monday, Tuesday afterwards are also clear! Unfortunately August 6th (currently) is scattered thunderstorms and 15+ mile per hour winds blowing in the wrong direction. After emails back and forth with the President of MOWSA and my boat captain, we have agreed on Sunday as an alternative date. I would prefer to swim Friday but the boat is already rented so if the weather forecast is looking bad for Saturday then the swim will be pushed by 24 hours!
So, stay posted on the date of the swim! For now I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the weather forecast will change and we’ll be all set for Saturday but if not, my P2P crossing will happen Sunday!
For the time being I’m keeping the countdown with the August 6th date in mind so here are 5 of my favorite quotes in honor of 5 days to go!
1.Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.
I think you manufacture your own luck, success is not accidental or out of your hands. I know that given the opportunity (reasonable conditions and cooperative marine life) that I will succeed because I have prepared.
2. Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.
While I would not be doing this swim if I didn’t think/know that I could complete it, I am also not afraid of failure. I am proud of everything I have already accomplished in the process of training and I am proud that I set out to do this swim to begin with! Throughout this process I have pushed my limits and boundaries to achieve things I never thought possible.
3. Some women fear the fire, others become it.
Paige posted this quote on her instagram a couple weeks back and I haven’t been able to get it out of my head! As an avid Game of Thrones fan and lover of Daenerys Targaryen, two images come to mind immediately when I think of this quote. First of course there is Dany emerging from fire with her baby dragons in season 1 and then the epic scene where she emerges from an even greater fire having burned all the Dothraki Khals alive in season 6. I am constantly inspired by strong, powerful women (real and fictional alike) like Paige and Dany who don’t fear the fire but become the fire! I’ll be thinking of all the powerful women in my life and in the world while I’m swimming the P2P unafraid and confident.
4. The higher the goal, the harder the climb; but taken each day, one step at a time, the goal is accomplished, the dream is attained, and the prizes? The wisdom and strength that are gained.
Earlier this week I received an incredible, motivational package from our former assistant coach, Milana. It included so many great items, one of which was a card with this quote written on the envelope. What I love about the quote is that it emphasizes the real prize of doing the P2P: it’s not the accomplishment of the crossing but rather who I have become in the pursuit of that goal. It also emphasizes how even though this was a huge undertaking when I first made the decision to do the P2P, I have chipped away at that goal every single day, until the end goal became achievable. (Shoutout to Milana for the AWESOME motivational package, it gave me such a boost when it got delivered and touched my heart when I opened it and saw everything inside.)
5. The way out is the way through.
Last but most important! The way out is the way through!!! This is a phrase that I remember Paige talking about during that fateful presentation after her Channel swim (the presentation that planted the seed for me to do my own marathon swim). This phrase is the perfect mindset to have while doing a marathon swim. There is no quitting or getting on the boat because you are tired or hurting. The way out of the body of water you are in, is the way through it. You keep going and going until your feet are back on land, it’s that simple.