Since posting some of my initial thoughts on swimming across Bear Lake, I have received a lot of support and advice from my family, fellow swimmers and friends.
Since that post, Gords and Goody have both been in touch to tell me how excited they are and to offer their support. They both have busy schedules this summer (Gords is swimming the English Channel!), but I am going to try to pick a date when they can both be there.
I also got a couple emails from the current Bear Lake record holder, James Jonsson, who I really look up to. He HIGHLY recommended that I find a support boat in addition to kayaks. I totally agree and have been thinking about who I knew that had a boat. Just last night I was telling my uncle about the swim and he immediately offered to bring his boat down for support! I didn't even know he had one!
James also gave me some advice on training including the general rule of thumb that I should be able to swim my target distance (about 20 miles) in weekly yardage and be able to hold that yardage for 8 to 10 weeks. This fits pretty well with the training plan from Steven Munatones' book. He also gave me some ideas on what I should be doing at my workouts. He suggested that I start out doing sets of 1000's on 15 minutes with 30 seconds of rest in between. Earlier this week I did 5 x 1000. I was able to make each one on about 14:30 without too much trouble. Although these sets can get a little boring, I can see how they will help me train physically and mentally for the Bear Lake swim.
Another thing I've been thinking about is whether or not I should do the swim for a charity. My brother Jake and I were planning on doing a fundraiser for the National Kidney Foundation of Utah next year, but it's looking like it's not going to happen. I might contact the Kidney Foundation and run the Bear Lake swim by them to see what they say.