October 1st, 2005

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Stef swims a mile for the Women's Cancer Resource Center of Oakland

This is partly cribbed from the thank-you email I sent to the folks who pledged me.

This afternoon I participated in the WCRC "Swim a Mile for Women with Cancer."

My purposes were to encourage myself to swim more, to raise money for what seems to be a good cause, and to represent for "fat people daring to wear bathing suits in public"!

My time slot was one hour, and I currently can't swim fast enough to complete a whole mile in one hour. So my goal was to swim for an hour.

But because they let me get in the pool a half hour before my official swim time, I had more than a hour in the pool, and I did better than I expected to: I swam the full mile in one hour and twenty minutes. (*I* think it was an hour fifteen, but my time card/lap card/certificate said an hour twenty.)

I got a bit discouraged in the middle, because I realized that I had gotten into a 20-yard lane instead of a 25-yard lane, so I had to complete 45 laps instead of 36.

I'm very tired, but a bit less tired than I expected to be.

So go me!

And I really appreciate everyone's generosity.

The event was very well organized, and there was a lot of activity and fun to keep everyone upbeat. An announcer with a microphone read the name of each person who completed a swim, along with the names of any people that she or he was swimming in honor of or in memory of. (I didn't put any names down - I know several women who are cancer survivors or not-survivors, but I felt kind of private about it.) Also there were volunteer lap counters so we didn't have to keep track on our own, cheerleaders with noisemakers and pompoms, music, free massage for swimmers, and yummy food. I got swag too: a nice tote bag, a swimcap, and a magnet for next year's swim, which is on October 6 and 7. And I won a raffle prize of a free subscription to Bay Area Business Woman.

My sweetie bastette_joyce got up extra early to come cheer me on! And we talked about putting together a team for next year.

One final fundraising act: If you meant to make a donation and didn't get around to it, it's not too late; they're collecting swim-a-mile donations through November 11 (and of course they collect regular donations any time).

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