Earlier this summer I announced some wild news: I am going to train and participate in next year’s Texas Water Safari, a 262-mile paddling endurance race from central Texas down to the coast. The more I learn about this race the uglier it gets. Fire ants, jellyfish, diaper rash, heat stroke, sleep deprivation, uncontrollable vomiting. I think I am still in shock that I am really going to try and do this.
Which is why I must THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH for your resounding emails and comments. Your enthusiasm and support is overwhelming and inspiring!
So I guess now I really have to do it?
Oh me oh my. To tell you the truth I am super excited about the race and getting prepared over the coming months…save all the training. I am dreading the tedious training, which starts any minute. But that’s the point, no? I hear discomfort and suffering builds character.
So here’s what we know so far about my participation in the 2010 Texas Water Safari:
My team partner, Banning Collins, will be racing for Alzheimers, and I will be racing for Rett Syndrome.
Bill Farnum and his daughter Ella (who has Rett Syndrome) were sweet enough to send me a pair of brand new Nike shoes to kickstart my training! Many thanks Bill & Ella!! If anyone wants to join an all-star cast of flyfishing celebs, check out Bill’s Casting 4 A Cure Event in Victor Idaho August 28-30. Fish to fight Rett.
The Nikes are about to kick into high gear. Let’s just say I haven’t done very well with my training this summer. I have been all about the fishing. And the eating. And the drinking. Okay, so I’ve actually gone backwards, but do not fear…I am really getting serious now that Little Chick is about to start school again. Low carb diet, regular exercise, and soon…the paddling begins!
Our first step was a name & logo. Banning and I wanted a team name that would blend our love of fishing with our newfound commitment to paddling. In a brilliant twist of wordsmithery & strategery it came to us in a flash: TEAM PADDLEFISH
We are TEAM PADDLEFISH.
It’s perfect! A slow, lumbering fish with the loveable underdog appeal of Eeyore or Snuffleupagus. A homegrown American creature that sucks up zooplankton and somehow manages to turn it into caviar. Diamonds from coals…that fits our lemonade-from-lemons approach to this hellish endeavor. So I am proud to introduce our team logo & tagline:
Now that we have a team name and logo, it’s time to get serious. Next steps:
- Develop the Team Paddlefish giving website and facebook page
- Secure 2 or 3 corporate sponsors to subsidize upfront costs
- Buy a canoe
- Start paddling
- Break the news to Banning that I am sneaking back to Montana for one more fishing fix over Labor Day
- Start paddling immediately after Montana fishing trip
- Find a team captain
- Enter the race – this is important as the sooner we enter, the better out start position!
- Paddle, paddle, paddle
Stay tuned everyone. Only 299 until the Texas Water Safari! GO TEAM PADDLEFISH