Thursday, June 28th at 5:15 pm as I sit in the airport waiting to board my flight, I can’t help but to keep a big smile on my face. Two days ago I was stressing about swimming 13.2 miles, Stage 3 of the 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim, with a few of the greatest swimmers I know. Now here I am sitting in the airport about to head off on yet another extraordinary journey.
The swim was high on my list of incredible firsts; it was my first official marathon swim (longer than a 10k) and I had my dad as my kayaker by my side. I felt strong and comfortable nearly the entire time and am completely satisfied with my time of 4:22:58. Below is the Mid-Hudson Bridge start:
Instead of R and R after the swim, I headed to the city with some friends for a Reel Big Fish concert – crowd surfing and moshing doesn’t count as rest? Guess not… Had a blast nonetheless! During last minute preparations this morning, I managed to squeeze in a BEAUTIFUL easy swim with Marilee in Larchmont and a quick stop at Walter’s with a few of my favorite Irish.
Now here I am, through security (didn’t have to check a bag and nothing was taken away… That’s a success in itself, I think) and ready to go. I have enough food packed to hopefully enable my budgeting for a good long portion of the trip and enough bathing suits, caps, and goggles to allow me a few combinations. I’ll be in IRE by 7 am Dublin local time and will welcome my cousin off her flight a half hour later.
A pigeon just wandered by me in the terminal… What is that a sign of when traveling? Maybe he wants to come along.
Can’t wait to get going 🙂
(P.S. Now that I’ve boarded my flight, the good news is that someone asked to switch seats with me and in saying “No worries!” I scored a little upgrade from a middle seat to a window seat!)