Swimming with Sarah Thomas

Those of us who follow the marathon swimming sport know that on September 6th, 2013, Sarah Thomas stepped into the choppy waters of Lake Memphremagog in Magog, QC.  Thirty hours later, she stepped back out of the water at the same location, having swum 50 miles total to complete a double-crossing of the lake.

 
I was there to watch her start her historic swim.  My friends, who would be crewing for me on a single crossing that very evening, and I pulled into the parking lot at the beach at 11:40 am.  I was surprised to find only Sarah and her crew there.  We were the only ones to see her off.  We set to work helping out as best we could.  What a privilege to be a part of that moment!  To offer some sort of help that might aid in the success of such an incredible, incredible swim.
 
Sometime shortly after noon, Sarah set off.  We cheered her on as she left the beach into some extremely challenging chop and wind. I was so impressed to watch her go.  No complaining or hesitating.  You could tell that she was committed to this venture.  You could tell she was ready to take it on.
 
I had never met Sarah before that day.  I didn’t know what to expect from such an accomplished swimmer.  She had swum a double crossing of Lake Tahoe earlier that summer – 44 miles.  I didn’t know what other swims she may have completed, but I could imagine that there were many.  She was fast and strong and knew what she was doing.  I was so impressed and inspired by her… and a little intimidated. Read more

My Search for Memphre

I know this Lake, I thought to myself.  I know these waters.  I know all the roads that lead me to it.  I know these towns.  I know this place.  This is where I became a swimmer.  This is where I will go farther than I’ve ever gone before.  This is home.

This is home.

Newport, VT to Magog, QC.  25 miles.  A dozen or more friends and family to see me off into the night.  Midnight.  And a darkness I faced with no fear or hesitation.  I have David and Natalie, after all.  I have them.  I won’t be alone.  I’ve never been alone.

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In Search of Memphre

Here we are in the home stretch of preparation for 25 mile swim and epic adventure: In Search of Memphre!

One cannot embark on mad journeys without Lawn Gnomes and other shenanigans.

One cannot embark on mad journeys without Lawn Gnomes and other shenanigans.

We have managed to make piles of stuff… multiple times.

...This isn't even half the stuff...
…This isn’t even half the stuff…
Holy infinit, Batman.
Holy infinit, Batman.

 

Then!  We managed to paint approximately 7.5 toes, not all of which are on the same person.

We have, in honor of Team Bosch members: Michael - the color UNICORN, Daniel - SAVAGE, Val - UNDERCOVER, Natalie - STARFISH, David - Rich in Heart.  For the swim, International Flare and Sleek and Endless Blue.
We have, in honor of Team Bosch members: Michael – the color UNICORN, Daniel – SAVAGE, Val – UNDERCOVER, Natalie – STARFISH, David – RICH IN HEART. For the swim, International Flare and Sleek and Endless Blue.

 

SO…!

If you want to follow our progress, starting at midnight try out these links:

http://www.myathletelive.com/Events

or

bit.ly/BBosch

I’m going to try to sleep more, now.  It looks like the weather will be grand, I’ve got the very best crew, and I feel strong and confident that I can make it across that Lake.  Thanks to everyone worldwide for all your support and encouragement!