Thursday, August 6, 2009

Once More with Feeling

Channel Swim, version 2.0. Around 9:30 a.m. (British Summer Time), David took off again, this time as part of a four-swimmer relay attempt to swim across the English Channel. If you have access to Facebook, please join the Channeling Peace Initiative group (it's an open group so it shouldn't require any administrating to join). I'm posting the "GPS pings" that David's mom, Tami, is sending every so often. It's a really fun way to "watch" the progress!


Edited to add at around 7 p.m., EDT: We just got phone calls from the boat, letting us know that after 13 hours and 25 minutes of swimming, David and his three teammates successfully swam across the English Channel. They made landfall about 11 p.m. BST near the lighthouse at Cap Gris-Nez. David was not the last swimmer who got to go ashore, but his teammate brought him back a souvenir French rock (or "caillou" for you purists). He also made a new friend along the way -- a seal who swam with him for a while in an epic show of inter-species solidarity. Now they are headed back to Dover on the boat, and are eating scones and jam! Thanks, everyone, for following along today!


  1. Did Usman swim at the same time?

  2. Usman ended up swimming two days later, doing eight hours straight in a 25-meter pool in Pakistan, so he more than held up his end of the deal! During the spring, I got to see how incoherent he and David got while doing their first four-hour swim in a pool. I can only imagine how "tank weird" he was after eight hours alone. Very inspiring, though. We're very proud of him. And Mr. Coach can't wait to remind them both how tough they are when they do their winter training trip this year and start whining about the 3x1500-meter set.

  3. Yeah, well, swimmers always whine. It just gets worse in the Masters!

    8 hours straight?!? I'd be throwing down for one of those waterproof MP3 players.

    What did he eat during the swim?


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