Friday Night Swimming

Friday Night Swimming

Photo courtesy of Vito Bialla, Night Train Swimmers.

We heard this morning of one of the toughest and most diligent training regimens in the contemporary open water swimming world.

An accomplished marathon swimmer is starting to enter her taper period after months of mind-boggling training.

Her goal: to swim 93 miles or 149 km.

This self-imposed charity challenge will dictate that she will have to swim through possibly two nights of cold, numbing exploration of her ultimate physical and mental limits.

But to get to this stage was mighty impressive. Not only did she do regular twice-daily workouts, one in the pool and another one in the open water while continuing her pressure-packed, creative corporate responsibilities, but she also woke up on every Friday morning since early this year to a tough 40-hour acclimatization period.

She would wake up, do a morning swim workout, then go to work and put in a typically long 8-10 hour day. She would then eat dinner and head to the shoreline and start swimming once the sun went down.

And she would start swimming. And swimming. And swimming. She literally swam through Friday night and into Saturday morning. When the sun arose, she would keep swimming some more.

Her longest Friday night swim was 12 hours. Week after week, month after month, she continued this Friday-night-into-Saturday-morning ritual. But once she climbed back onshore on Saturday morning, she forced herself to stay awake. “I avoided going home and taking a nap.” She continued to be active throughout Saturday until she could withstand no more and went to bed – soundly – by Saturday night around 9 pm.

That kind of training – of the mind, soul and body – takes total and complete dedication – and has prepared her for a challenging 100 km swim like no other open water swimming program that we know of in the contemporary open water swimming world.

Impressively inspirational.

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