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November 4, 2008

So Catalina Channel has past and I’ve finally crawled out from my hiding space under the bed where I’ve been for the last few days avoiding the ghouls and goblins. 

I have been back in the water since Catalina and some who have seen me would say that I’ve taken training to a whole new level.  I guess that is what happens when you find your passion or when you get an offer that you just can’t refuse.

A little over a month ago, I was contacted by a swimming friend of mine about this great opportunity to swim in a 6 person female relay.  The challenge hadn’t been done before and it would be new territory for all.  In the relay would be some of the top open water marathon women swimmers from around the world.  Unfortunately one of the women had to drop out and they asked me as the replacement.  I was hooked and I mean seriously how could I say no.  Thus began the frantic checking of my bank account. 

Where is this swim you ask?  Well it is on the North Island of New Zealand.  There is a large lake called Lake Taupo.  We are going to triple the lake.  There will be 2 relay teams that are going to triple the lake.  There is a mixed relay and then the relay of women.  Now in marathon swimming relays are run by time.  Each swimmer swims for an hour and then the new swimmer gets in and swims for an hour, so on and so forth until the swim is complete.  This is my first open water marathon relay swim, but hello its in New Zealand with amazing marathon swimmers that I’ve admired since I got into this crazy wonderful sport.  Rumor has it that doing a Triple Taupo lake swim is like doing a Triple relay swim of the English Channel.  The temperature and the distance are fairly similar (meaning 21 miles across one way and 62 degrees) 

So after some deep research of above mentioned bank account and the change in the couch cushions, I asked myself “In the end am I going to be happy that I saved the money or that I participated in a once in a lifetime opportunity?”.  The opportunity won out.  Who needs money anyways 🙂

There you have it.  I’m not just training for fun.  I’m training so that I can pull my weight in the relay swim.  The swim will take place somewhere between January 5-9th.    I haven’t figured out if there will be a way to update the blog so people can track the swim. 

Women’s Team: Julie Bradshaw (England), Michelle Macy (USA), Barbara Pellick (Australia), Penny Palfrey (Australia), Lucy Roeper (England), Amber Rhett (USA)

Mixed Relay: Mark Cockroft (New Zealand), Mitch Emerson (USA), Dougal Hunt (Australia), Steve Junk (Australia), Heather Osbourne (New Zealand), Chris Palfrey (Australia)

Philip Rush has been helping organize the swims as well.  It looks to be a great event and I’m counting down the days until I’m there.

In the meantime, the weather hasn’t cooperated for me to continue training outdoors.  The fog was so heavy one day that a boat and I had a very close encounter.  This means I’m training in a pool, which is fine if it wasn’t so hot, boring, and did I mention HOT.  I now know that the line in each of the pools I train in is 5 – 1 inch squares across.  Is this some sort of standard?  Oh well, thankfully I do have friends to keep me occupied, the lifeguards keep me honest, and the very near New Zealand swim to keep me pushing forward.

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2 Responses to “Updates from New Zealand”

  1. kristy says:

    exciting news michelle…as always – very proud of you and glad the opportunity won out. you’re going to do great. good luck and safe travels!

  2. Shanna says:

    Very exciting!! You didn’t mention that was WHY you were headed to New Zealand….brrr!! Keep me posted on the dates, etc. – it would be awesome to come over and see the race!

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