Living Out Of A Swimsuit And Suitcase, Traveling With Held

Living Out Of A Swimsuit And Suitcase, Traveling With Held

After training in Florida, attending the Channel Swimming & Piloting Federation ceremonies, and racing among the Olympians in the Cayman Islands; after taking part in the 4-day stage marathon swim in the deserts of Arizona with S.C.A.R. crowd and battling an accomplished field in the International Self-Transcendence Marathon-Schwimmen in Switzerland’s Lake Zürich, Barbara Held occasionally returns to her home port of La Jolla Cove in California.

Held continues to accumulate frequent flyer miles like few others in the open water swimming community. After a lifetime of helping others, she finally has a bit of time for herself. And she is making the most of it.

Currently in training off the coast of Bretagne, France, the retired paramedic and firefighter will soon head to Paris (probably after a surreptitious dip in the Seine) and London (after obligatory training sessions in the Serpentine) before heading back stateside to compete in the Statue of Liberty Swim and the 17.5-mile Ederle Swim from New York to New Jersey. After racing a short circumnavigation course around one of the most iconic symbols in America (Statue of Liberty) and replicating the historic swim of Gertrude Ederle, Held then returns back to Great Britain to attend one of the most anticipated social events of the global open water swimming community: the wedding of Nick Adams and Sakura Hingley.

For an inside view of her global travels and adventures, read her Outdoor Magazine interview here.

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