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A 27-year-old PA student who wants to visit all seven continents, write a book, work at a pediatric clinic in Africa, and basically meet as many of the world's challenges as possible.

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(already accomplished)

Become a PA

Visit all 7 continents

Take a SwimTrek trip

Bike through Western Europe

Raft the Grand Canyon

Improve my Spanish proficiency

Go on safari in Africa

Trace my roots at Ellis Island

Vacation in Hawaii

Work on a hospital ship in a Third World country

Celebrate New Year's in Times Square

Visit all 50 states (29 to go: AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, MI, MN, MO, MT, NE, NV, NM, ND, OK, OR, RI, SD, TX, UT, VT, WA, WV, WI, WY)

See the ruins at Pompeii

Swim in Capri's Blue Grotto

Tour Mt. Vesuvius

Throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain

Tour the Colosseum

Visit the D-Day beaches

See the Mona Lisa

Visit the palace at Versailles

See the Acropolis and Parthenon

See the Egyptian pyramids

Hike the Inca Trail

Walk El Camino Santiago

Take an Alaskan cruise

View the Taj Mahal at sunrise

Hike Table Mountain in South Africa

Climb through the Amazon canopy

Walk at least part of the Great Wall of China

Get laser hair removal

Learn to surf, ski, and snowboard

Learn to drive a stick-shift

Learn to play the piano

Go on a tropical cruise

Ride horseback on the beach

Ride in a hot air balloon

Get tickets to the Olympics

Go to adult Space Camp

Witness a shuttle launch from up close

Build a full-sized snowman

Sew a quilt out of my old race T-shirts

Update and continue my Life Scrapbook

Become the oldest person to ever do the River Run

Live to be a happy, healthy 100 years old - at least!

(unlikely dreams)

zondag 19 februari 2006

Saturday's meet was pretty much exactly the opposite of the one in Ohio. There, if you recall, we all did pretty terribly as individuals, but did quite well overall as a team. This time, we all swam excellent individual races - everybody dropped time off their events, in some cases a LOT of time - and yet we just weren't good enough to beat the other teams that came. I'm not sure where exactly we ranked in the scheme of things, but it wasn't great. Anyhow, I swam the 500 free for the first time in a meet and got a 7:16. I was originally hoping to break 7 minutes, but then I lowered my goal to just try to break my best practice swim of 7:26, and I certainly did that. I'll shoot for 7 minutes at the next meet. I also braved the 200 free for the first time since Tulane last spring (where I lost count and thought I was done after six laps...) and came away with 2:41, which is a 13-second drop! ("It looked awesome!" Anna said later.)

I mean, those aren't great times, not by any standard - I'd ideally like to raise them to about 6:20 and 2:15 - but they represent significant personal improvement over the past year, and especially over the last six weeks (is that all it's been?) since I've been home, lifting weights and swimming Brandon's 5000-yard practices. I came away from the meet feeling physically and mentally tired, as always, but also rather satisfied with myself. That's a novelty for me. Like I said, I usually sign up for the sprint events (50s and 100s) so they'll be over faster, but the small detail I've been ignoring is that I am not a sprinter. I always come out of those races (a) last, and (b) very frustrated. At this meet, I finally got up the guts to do an event which is more suited to my abilities, and as a result I was neither last nor frustrated.

Let the record show: from this day forward, I will no longer deny that I am a distance swimmer! Admitting it is the first step, right? Hear me now, Internet - I'm one of those chicks who swims the 'boring' events, the ones nobody wants to watch, the races where the spectators take snack breaks and strike up conversations... and I'm proud of it! :)

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