2017 English Channel swim

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

Thursday, November 9, 2017

2017 English Channel Swimming Association Dinner and Presentation

     My son Tom and I had a fabulous time at the English Channel Swimming Association Dinner and Presentation evening.   The CSA did an incredible job in hosting this gala event.   We greatly enjoyed meeting many of our old friends and making new friends, too.   It was a memorable fun-filled evening!
    Two hours before the dinner,  my son and I went to the Dover Museum to watch a documentary film on swimming legend Mercedes Gleitze.  It was a wonderful 45 minute movie of her prolific swim career.   It was a great honor to meet Mercedes' beautiful family.  I brought my favorite book on marathon swimming, "Wind, Waves, and Sunburn" for them to autograph.   I was unaware that I was to be the first recipient of the Mercedes Glietze Trophy presented later that evening.   Receiving the prestigious Mercedes Gleitze Trophy and O'Clee Trophy was the highlight of my swim career.  I raised these distinguished trophies in memory of my brothers Robbie and Johnny.  A special heartfelt thank you to the CSA, Mercedes' family, my family and friends, and Viking Princess boat crew.