A few weeks ago, I sent off the following note to my crew. They now know the extent of their involvement and everyone sounds excited about the adventure. Here is the note:
I am getting really excited about the final weeks leading up to and including the swim. Here are a few details you might find useful.
Travel to and from San Diego
First, I leave for San Diego on July 6th @ 9am and land at 11:17 (flight 229 direct from IAD to SAN). My plan is to relax a bit in San Diego with friends and get in a swim every so often. By this time, if I am not fit enough, I never will be fit enough. I would like to eat some good food, take a few dips in the water (cold preferably), and enjoy your company before the swim. We will have plenty of time together so don't fret it - I will have plenty of time to hang out.
Second, as you'll notice below, the swim starts in San Pedro or Long Beach (where the pilot boat makes port). Given the start time, I think we can safely drive up to LA from San Diego in a relaxed way at about noon on July 11th.
Third, once I am done with the swim, I intend to head back down to San Diego, clean up, eat more, drink more, and relax more. My next swim (the English Channel) could start as early as the end of the week so no time to dilly dally. I leave San Diego for DC on the 13th @ 6:30am and then off to London on the 15th @ 10pm. It will be a wild week to say the least.
OK, now that I provided those travel details, you probably want to know the details for the swim. Here goes….
Swim Date: Monday, July 11th - Tuesday July 12th
Departure for Catalina Island: 7pm from the dock:
July 11th - 7pm departure from dock
July 11th - 11pm swim begins from Catalina Island (weather permitting)
July 12th - 10-14 hours later, I swim up to the fine shores of Long Beach and celebrate the team effort
What to bring:
The skipper requires a kayaker in the water for the entire swim so I suggest we discuss rotations at some point. Each of you are welcome to hop in the water with me at any time. My preference is to swim for the first 2 hours alone to just get warmed; after 2 hours, you can jump in and keep me company.
What to expect throughout the swim:
We celebrate the team effort with a meal, beer, and a nap then head back down to San Diego where I await my 2nd leg of the Channel Challenge.
Stay tuned for more updates.