2017 English Channel swim

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Swimsuits for All photo shoot

                Swimsuits for All is a major swimsuit company that promotes diversity of women.  They are an amazing company!  They recognize that women come in all shapes, sizes, and ages.   Several months ago,  they contacted me to be part of their photo shoot  in California.  It was an incredible experience to be photographed with Sports Illustrated swimsuit models Ashley Graham and Tabria Majors, human activist T Ortez, and model Justine Cuelenaere.  Also, it was a fabulous time to have famed makeup artist Carmindy Bowyer of the hit show “What not to Wear”  and famed hairstylist Dom Pucciarello prepare me for a photo shoot  of a lifetime.  It was such fun!  My sister-in-law Jeannie Gallant (crew member, too) accompanied me to California.  We had a fantastic time!  It was an amazing experience to watch a photo shoot.   I had the honor of meeting famed photographer Andrew Day.  Many thanks to Swimsuits for All for promoting diversity and designing high quality  beautiful swimsuits.  I will be wearing their swimwear in my four marathon swims scheduled for 2018.

Friday, January 12, 2018

2018 Marathon swim Bucket List

                                  Photo credit:  Christaan Felber
    In a few weeks I will be celebrating my 67th birthday.  I plan to celebrate all year long by attempting four marathon swims on my lengthy Bucket List of marathon swims.   In June I will attempt the 28 mile swim around Manhattan Island in New York.  This will be a great challenge for me because I am such a slow swimmer.  I will need to reach the halfway point of this swim at a certain time or I will be pulled from the swim and listed as a DNF.   Yikes!!!!    In August,  I will swim 22 miles across Lake Tahoe in California.  This swim will be a great challenge due to it's high altitude.  To prepare for high altitude,  I purchased a high altitude trainer to be worn during my cross training (not swimming).   This device is used by runners to adapt to high altitudes.  Hopefully I will gain the same benefit.  Upon my return from California, I will travel to Scotland to swim 21 miles the length of Loch Ness.  The challenge of swimming Loch Ness will be the frigid water.  Water temperature is expected to be in the low fifties.   I continue with my cold acclimation here in Maine.  Even though I have stopped open water swims for the winter month,  I acclimate by working outside in lightweight clothing during frigid Maine winters.  For example, I built an ice skating rink for my young grandchildren.   I packed 6 inches of snow on my frozen backyard and then flooded it with a garden hose several times each day for several days.    I averaged 4 hours per day in air temperatures well below zero.   After the rink was built,  I carved a luge into the snowbanks for my grandchildren to use their sleds to slide across the rink (And yes, I went sledding, too).   It was great fun!   And believe me,  I quickly became acclimated.  When warmer air temperature reached 30 degrees here in Maine,  I was getting overheated.  During my hiatus from open water swimming, I train at my local pool.   My fourth marathon swim for this year is Lake Windermere in England.    After my Loch Ness swim is completed, I will drive 5 hours to Lake Windermere with my crew.   This swim will be challenging due to the closeness of two marathon swim earlier in the month of August.  I will soon find out if my quick recovery after a marathon swim occurs at the age of 67.   Regardless,  I am going to enjoy scratching off each swim on my long adventurous bucket list of swims.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Guinness World Record

The September 2018 publication of the Guinness Book of World Records will include my world record swim for the Oldest Woman to swim the English Channel.  I can’t thank my son enough for encouraging me twenty years ago to attempt open water swimming.


Sunday, December 10, 2017

Credit Suisse “The New Old Age”

I am deeply honored and grateful for Credit Suisse for including me in their banking magazine the Bulletin.  The article is called The New Old Age and it features eight grandparents as role models.  Many thanks to NYC photographer Christaan Felber for coming to Maine and capturing this wonderful photo at Pine Point.   Also,  a special thank you to swimsuit company Swimsuits for All for providing such a beautiful swimsuit.

Monday, November 13, 2017

2017 Solo Swim of Ontario Unveiling Ceremony

On Sunday, November 12, 2017 Solo Swims of Ontario held their annual unveiling ceremony located at Queen's Royal Park on the shore of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada.   Elizabeth Fry and Pat Gallant-Charette were honored with their names engraved on a plaque.  This prestigious award recognizes all successful swimmers who swam from Niagara-on-the-Lake to Toronto's Marilyn Bell Park (32 miles).  Dr. Marilyn Korzekwa, President of the Solo Swims of Ontario, was the keynote speaker for this event.  Swimming legend Marilyn Bell DiLascio (80 years old) assisted with the unveiling.
Video credit:   Jean Murdoch-Gallant