Posted on December 19, 2013
Hello, Friends and Supporters!
The countdown has begun! Tomorrow at this hour we'll be waking up, eating, greasing up and getting ready to get in the water and swim the length of the Sea of Galilee! As a reminder, you'll be able to follow our progress live online by clicking here
Yesterday I practiced getting in the water and swimming in the dark. It's an incredibly peaceful and meditative experience.
One thing people don't know about this sport is HOW MUCH PACKING IS INVOLVED. Fortunately, I have the best logistical planner in the world at my side - my mom, Yael, who's been working really hard on making this swim happen. My mom will be running everything on the ground; packing and unpacking, checking out of the rental unit in the late morning, picking us up on the south side of the lake and running us back north to get the cars.
Also, here's a shout-out to my boat crew: Captain Lior Eliyahu, Head Handler Haim Aviram, aka Dad, Communications Officer Tal Katvan, aka Cousin, and Pace Swimmer Lisa Galfand-Trudler, aka Queen of Everything. I couldn't wish for a better crew and am in very good hands.Here's what will get done today:
1. I need to prepare my feedings. I'll proably be needing 3.5 bottles, but am making 5. The bottles include diluted applejuice, maltodextrin, and a pinch of ginger powder against seasickness.
2. Finish making the feeding apparatus and create a little pocket for Advil, which I'll be taking at the recommended daily rate to stave off shoulder inflammation.
3. Pack up warm clothes, towels, thermoses, food and gear for the crew.
4. Talk to my pilot to finalize details, entry point and meeting time.
5. Pick up crew and drive up to Amnon Beach.
6. Eat a nice nourishing dinner together.
7. Rest up and go to sleep early!Tomorrow morning, upon rising, we have to:
1. Grease up (I use a mix of vaseline, lanolin, and--very important--zinc oxide as a sunscreen)
2. Put on bikini and warm-up clothes
3. Eat a nourishing breakfast and drink warm liquids
4. Do a land warmup (running, jumping)
5. Rendezvous with pilot and load up the boat before we get going!
6. Running the crew again through hypothermia protocol, feeding times, pace swim schedule...Here's what you can do to help, no matter where you are:
1. Send us messages! Comment on Facebook posts or here. My team can read me comments during feeding breaks.
2. Spread the word, including a link to this page! We have only a couple of days left to raise more funds for Beth Dror and their incredible work.
As always, thank you very much for your generosity and support. It's a great thing to do for a great cause and I'm anticipating a lot of fun!