Would you believe we leave Sunday?

Beautiful Lake Raponda

Wow, we’re almost done with all this! All that remains is, well, the swim itself. We’re so excited to head to London THIS Sunday, and we’ll be sure to keep everyone updated with the travels and whatnot as we venture across the pond. By the way, we have updated the pictures and workouts sections, so take a look if you’ve been following along!

Most recently, we got the chance to host our awesome new friends from MIT, Qing and Anna, spending a weekend swimming, relaxing, swimming, eating, and just enjoying the beautiful New England weather. Saturday morning we took a dip (aka 2 hour swim) in the Connecticut River, and then later that night went out to see the new Harry Potter movie. You can probably guess which was the highlight of our day.

Sunday morning, we ended up out in the town of Whately, where we swam the triathlon course at Tri-Town Beach. The water was toasty and a little dirty since it was really just a pond, but it was nice to actually know the distance we were covering.

This past weekend, we took a short drive up to Vermont and went swimming with our friend Ruby at Lake Raponda. Take a look at the photos section see what these places look like! When we arrived at Raponda, we saw a sign stating that the lake was only for Vermont tax payers. We were a little concerned, so we spent a lot of time talking about how we loved paying Vermont taxes and how we would hate to have to pay taxes anywhere else . We also made a few references to Cabot cheese, just for good measure.

Also, some of you have been asking some VERY specific questions about the swim. Here’s our best answers to all the common ones!

  • We each have our own boat (since we’ll likely swim at different speeds, etc.)
  • Kim is coming too!
  • N0, there are not sharks in the Channel.
  • We hope the swim will take somewhere between 10-12 hours, but that’s just an estimate
  • Our window during which we might swim is between the 4th and the 12th of August
  • We aren’t allowed to touch the boat
  • We’ll do blog posts while we’re away
  • The boats that are accompanying us are large (in other words, no one’s going to be rowing them)
  • We’re super excited, and a little nervous, but mostly excited

Thank you everyone for your support, and a huge shout out to the SMITH COLLEGE MASTERS SWIMMERS. You all kept us motivated and it was so nice to get to swim with a team again. John and Cleve, thanks for pushing us every Tuesday and Thursday morning; we’ll be thinking of you during the swim.

Next time you hear from us, we’ll probably be in London!!!



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15 responses to “Would you believe we leave Sunday?

  1. David Reim

    We will be there to cheer you on 🙂

  2. Good Luck!!!! I’m So excited for you guys!!

  3. Kelsey Swensen

    Good luck ladies! Sending so much admiration, support and love your way!!! Can’t wait for your next update, and have a safe (not too boring) flight! -Kels

  4. Kiara Gomez

    Good Luck my lovely bananas!!!! You girls rock!!

  5. Amy Rhodes

    Best wishes for a great swim, and enjoy the full extent of the experience. I look forward to hearing more!

  6. Iris Newalu

    Good luck, Emma and Mackenzie!! We will all be cheering you on from exec ed. Keep us posted and enjoy the swim of your life!!! So proud of you!! ~Iris

  7. Martha Ackelsberg

    Good luck to you both–especially Mackenzie, my former advisee! I just recently got back from my year in Spain to find this news. How exciting!

    I’ll be rooting for you, and following the posts.

  8. Libby Dutton

    Good luck! Can’t wait to hear how it went!

  9. charles reim

    hope to be home and read all about you swim …Grampy

  10. Yanan Zhao

    Best wishes to you both!

  11. Rosetta Cohen

    Good luck, Emma and Mackenzie! I’m so excited to hear how it goes!!

  12. Guangye Cao

    Good luck to you both!

  13. Nola Reinhardt

    It was so exciting tracking you, I’ve been checking all day. CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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