Serbo Simeoni Swimming On High Across Lake Tahoe
Serbo Simeoni Swimming On High Across Lake TahoeCourtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.
In 2015, Serbo Simeoni, an attorney from Florida, jumped in the 5 km Tampa Bay Frogman Swim and came out freezing, shivering uncontrollably due to the sub-14°C water.
How times change.
When he finished a lengthwise 34.1 km crossing of Lake Tahoe on Friday, September 4th in 11 hours 22 minutes, he was smiling uncontrollably despite swimming at 1,896 meters (6225 feet) in altitude.
He later wrote on Facebook, “I was so touched and honored by all the positive energy sent my way before and during my swim. Tommy Schwartz told me everyone was sending positive vibes and it was an awesome boost. I didn’t think this one was going to be this tough for sure. I think altitude and freshwater really made it challenging. Tommy was excellent with my feeds. I chose to feed every 45 minutes and it worked out very well.
It was hard to catch my breath during feeds so I know altitude was definitely a factor. Body positioning was lower from my waist down a la fresh water and over time that was putting some pressure on my mechanics. The cheering I received before my swim really helped motivate me.
[I am a] little sore today, but there was no drama during the swim I’m glad to say. My pilot Tom Linthicum was great. My observer, John, was extremely knowledgeable and thorough and I am anxious to review my observer notes and stroke count throughout the swim.
It’s called a solo swim, but it takes a village. Ows Leo Briceno was awesome as always, Clearwater is lucky to have him as a resource in the swimming community.”
Years ago, Simeoni described why he loves training in his native Florida, “Ocean swimming is cathartic, liberating, challenging and addictive, providing an opportunity for deep meditation or focused concentration. I am fortunate to live near the water. This allows me to swim in the Gulf of Mexico, whenever I can find some free time. It is beautiful, serene and relaxing.”
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