Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Linda Takes It to Another Level

Next Swims:  Wed, Thu, Fri, Aug 26-28, 6AM
Note: There will be no PM swims until the lake warms again, which may be a couple days

Last Swim: Tue Aug 25th
Water Temp: 48
Waves: Calm
Water Clarity: Excellent
Crew: Itch, Linda
Wetsuit/Skin: 0/2

We need to invent a new category for the incredible swims that Linda completed the last few days.

On Saturday she completed the Apostle Islands Relay Swim as a solo skin swimmer.  The water was in the mid sixties with very heavy chop.  The swim was supposed to be 20 miles but the course was shortened to 17 miles because of the rough seas.  Linda was the first of the three solo swimmers!  Here are the results: http://www.apostleislandrelayswim.com/race-results.html Congratulations Linda!

Then this morning she swam over a mile skin at Klode in 48 degree water!  I find that almost superhuman.  An amazing feat!  Sadly, Linda is leaving tonight for her home in Ohio, and we probably won't see her again until next year.

7 comments:

Neo said...

Linda's amazing swims got me to thinkin' (which is always dangerous). Has anyone ever swam and island hopped from Door County to the UP? Looking at the online maps it looks like that could be done with a longest swim of about 5 miles and then several hikes across the islands. It looks like the total swimming distance would be about 17 miles. Maybe some of you old retired guys could figure out if that is possible to do and if anyone has ever done it.

Patriarch said...

I don't know about Door County, but there is a race like that in Sweden.
http://www.otilloswimrun.se

rsm said...

Congrats Linda! Inspiring! Neo--there was an article in US Master's Swimming about open water swimming at Death's Door --the channel up in Door County. There are a few swimmers that do it.

jamie said...

Linda, besides your incredible A.I.R.S performance, this morning just blew me away. Greg said it best, there's only a handful of people on this planet who could've pulled off that swim and I tend to agree with him. 35 minutes in 48 degree water (felt colder) and you pop out fresh as a daisy, and seemingly unaffected. You are the only true Bad Ass!
You are the polar opposite of a lamprey, I hope you realize that.

Linda Stewart said...

Thank you.

Linda Stewart said...

Thank you!

Linda Stewart said...

Thanks to everyone for the kind recognition. It is appreciated. While marathon swimming seems like an individual sport, it's not. I owe my success to the Klode crew, boat staff and coaches. I will miss everyone till next year! Enjoy the rest of the season, Lake Michigan is a beauty.