Back to the concrete box!

 

I'm baaaacccck! In the concrete box, otherwise known as the pool. And, just this morning was cleared by my PT for fieldwork and to get back to swimming more. My shoulder is feeling really good after 8100 scy this week, so I'm hopeful that everything will continue to get better and better. I've got a great acupuncturist at Inner Gate Health & Wellness and just started working with a fantastic massage therapist doing myofascial work at Therapeutic Associates North Portland Physical Therapy (PACE). I'm continuing to work on flexibility and strength on my own and really feel positive about what I've got going on. I am so excited to carry on with OT school and begin training for this year's Lower Willamette Swim. After some discussion about tides, water temperature, and boat availability I've landed on July 30, 2022. 

This weekend and in the coming weeks I'll be working on the documents for MSF and reaching out to potential fundraising partners (while completing my capstone, lol). This year I'm hoping to raise money for Black Swimming Initiative, Human Access Project, and Willamette River Keeper. Last year we raised nearly $6,000 in the month leading up to the swim, I bet this year will be even better! As always, if anyone wants to assist me with planning, organizing, documentation, crewing, or making feeds- please let me know! I will also gladly accept gifts for the crew in the form of food/goodies or giftcards. I'm completing this swim on a shoestring budget, so anything is greatly appreciated.  

I'm revising my training plan to reflect a push back in dates which will allow me two more weeks of training, which means I'll actually get a rest week here and there. Ramping up distance by 10-12% a week is hard, early on it's easy to do more, but later in the plan that 10% starts to get big real fast. This is my current plan, and yes, I know, it's nuts that I'll be doing capstone and fieldwork/clinical rotation during this time, but hey, why not?

WeekDistance targetNote
2/21-2/276000Capstone starts
2/28-3/67000<<- looks like it'll be 9100. 
3/7-3/139000
3/14-3/2010000
3/21-3/2711000
March goal:37000
3/28-4/312100"front load" distance this week. All distance in 3-4 days.
4/4-4/1014000
4/11-4/1716000
4/18-4/2418000
4/25-5/110000"rest" week
April goal:70100
5/2-5/820000"front load" distance this week. All distance in 3-4 days.
5/9-5/1522000
5/16-5/2224000
5/23-5/2927000Capstone wraps up
May goal:93000
5/30-6/529700Fieldwork starts (?)
6/6-6/1232500<< Ross Island this week
6/13-6/1936000<< would like to be 40k
6/20-6/2615-20000"rest" week
June goal:118200
6/27-7/340000PBS (Get out at St. Johns and then continue to Kelley Pt. or swim back to Daimler?)
7/4-7/1740000
7/18-7/2410000 MAXTaper
7/24-7/317000 MAXTaper: Long Swim on 7/30

I'm also considering repeating a swim of the Columbia done in 2020 by Ned Hastings, it's 32.9 miles but only took 7 hours. Seems like a reasonably short training swim time-wise. 

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