|Mid channel to Alcatraz|
I cannot describe the feeling of finishing after this swim. RTAI is by far the toughest swim I've done to date. I hated it and loved it, I wanted it over and wanted it to go on longer all at the same time. It wasn't the distance, or time in water that made it hard, it wasn't even getting stopped at Alcatraz- all of these things have happened before to me on swims, it was nausea (that I'm still having a month later), constant hunger (God, I was so hungry the whole time but didn't dare eat), and the leg cramps that made it difficult. But! Now I know I can handle it. I know what I need to work on for next time because there is a next time: Catalina Channel August 2024.
|Left to right: Tom, me, Pepper, Sue, and Vicky|
A special thanks goes to Shannon at Intrepid Water. I contacted her 8 weeks before my swim with shoulder impingement and rotator cuff tenderness. I know my stroke was whack after some less-than-stellar coaching over the winter and needed help in a hurry. I completed her 6 week self-paced freestyle fundamentals and it got my stroke back to a good enough extent that I was able to complete the swim with virtually no shoulder pain. I am now working with her in an advanced skills course and can't wait to get my speed back and refine my storke to swim even further- Catalina Channel after all is much farther than RTAI, hopefully less vomit.