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Why we swim – Team TBD captains

Team TBD captains Kirsti, Kristi, & Noel: Seattle Swim 3-year veterans all

Why do we swim?

After a number of years out of the pool, it wasn’t exactly easy getting back in. Thinking about getting to the pool, dragging ourselves through a workout, then driving home solo seemed like an awful lot of work, and an awful lot of time that could be spent doing so many other things … it seemed there was always something else that needed doing.

Thankfully we ran into each other, literally, one day on the street. We had been old swimming buddies who hadn’t seen each other in 10 years. We began swimming together once a week, sharing funny stories about our kids, family, and work on the way to and from swimming, laughing our way through workouts, and knowing that we could set our own pace during the workouts made these evening swims something that we began to look forward to each week.

After a few years, a “friend of a friend”, who was new to Seattle, was introduced to us as someone who “liked to swim”.  Little did we know that she would join us for years to come, most often being the one to bring great workouts and really push us. Over the years, we have continued to add to our little circle of swimmers.

We now swim in a number of different pools, and schedules seem to change every week. But it seems that if one of us really can’t find the motivation, and if we really have a million other things we should be doing, there is always someone willing to meet you for a swim and to motivate you. And swimming socially has really become our “swim of choice” as we feel so fortunate to have connected with such a great group of swimmers, swimmers of all different skill levels and backgrounds, whom we now call dear friends.

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Team effort – a heartfelt thank you

Hello All – I am writing all of you who sponsored me, as well as my team members themselves, in the Seattle Swim 2011 race.  I really appreciate your collective support this year.

Teams are fun, teamwork is better

Since I have never been a competitive swimmer, I will have to fall back to a different sports analogy.  A long time ago for a single brief quarter in college, I rowed.  I don’t profess to be a rower, as there are some on this email list who would take offense because they put in the time for 4 years or more (most especially my wife).  But I learned something about the sport and came to appreciate its nuances in at least some small way that fall quarter on the Connecticut River near Hanover, NH.

As in life, much of the time in the 8 person shell is spent without all 8 oars and the associated rowers working together.  One oar is hitting the water early, a few are coming out late, and the boat moves disjointedly along its path, tipping side to side to the frustration of everyone.  And then sometimes you personally “catch a crab”, where the entire boat with all its momentum torques around an oar pinned to your own rib cage, knocking the wind out of you or worse.  We all know what that feels like in different ways.  But you get up each morning keep at it, day after day, for a very few special times when everything is in sync, when everyone is working together, where on each perfectly timed stroke you can feel that boat nearly lift out of the water as the coxswain calls the cadence.  It is a rare and special fleeting few moments, but it always is worth all it took to get there.  Those are the times when the boat sings.
I want to especially thank my team members for Seattle Swim 2011, pictured above just before our swim as the sun was rising.  For the 10 days up to and including the race, everyone worked together.  We had some well attended final open water training swims the Friday before (total darkness as the days get shorter) and the Monday of Labor Day weekend.  Folks worked every day on what they could do to help push the total we were collectively raising for the Cancer Care Alliance.  We had late joiners, 2 milers and 1/2 milers, people sending out words of encouragement, swimmers who normally don’t like fundraising smoking their own keyboards with emails to friends and relatives.  And when we all met at Starbucks very early Saturday morning and later went into the water together, there was a real sense of accomplishment as a team, of having done something good in all of our busy lives.  So for all you members of Team TBD and all of you sponsors out there, a very personal and heartfelt thank you from me.  Because during a brief 10 day span at the beginning of September, I could feel the boat sing.  Rob
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