Tuesday, August 18, 2009

From Adam: WOW

The table and chairs are no longer moving- so I thought I'd add a few more thought.

The English Channel crossing was an amazing day filled with excitement, pain, humiliation, and extreme happiness (when my hands were scraping the sand).

This goal could not have been met without many great people participating/supporting in this journey.

My amazing family was not only able to put up with me waking them at all hours to go swim around and around lakes (and pools)- they also made the trip here to share in the fun.  Amy, Todd, and Zach were also the best support crew on the boat a swimmer could have.  No matter how many times I asked them- they would not tell me how far we actually were from the white cliffs in France.  Thankfully they let me remain delusional thinking I had about 20 minutes remaining- for THREE hours.  Abby, Stacy, and Emily had to return early for work- otherwise I might have convinced Abby to fess up about the distance.  Mimi may have had the toughest task of the day- keeping Lance, Luke, and Ross in line back at the house (wonder how many bananas she had to dole out

Thanks to the Jasper swim crew- who put up with many long, exciting workouts in preparation.  Don't worry the hard pool workouts will continue (thought up some doozies out there).  We also had some fellow crazy people who accompanied me on open water swims in Christmas and Patoka Lakes- for up to six hours at a time.  They made training fun!  Thanks to them and more importantly their families for letting them come out to play.

Two very good friends- Jeff and Will.  What great swims they had in tough conditions doled out by the Channel!  Good thing they didn't fill me in on all the details until after my swim.  We had some great fun training together with the crew at Dick's dock at Morse reservoir in Indy.  Thanks for being such good friends.

Thanks to Mel, Kris, George and the ISF (Indy Swim Fit) gang for mentoring and support.  What a great crew!!
I'll no longer fear the 3rd fifty (buttercup).

Amazing all the emails and comments on blog throughout this time from great supporters/friends.  I couldn't believe all the support from Jasper, Indy, and across the country!  Those thoughts were very helpful getting through those times of wonder- yes there were a few of those times.  They were actually relaying messages to me throughout the swim from the blog- thanks.

Thanks to everyone- now get out there and tackle your goals!!!

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  1. When will you do the celebration at the White Horse? I want to join you all on this side of the pond, by toasting you all with 4 very nice selections from my 'Beer of the Month' which just arrived. Thanks! Dick

  2. Congratulations Adam, Will and all four of you from the St. Vincent hospital gang and the athletic annex guys as well. we have been watching along on the blog. How inspiring!

  3. I say all Morse Marathoners need to do a victory lap...say on a Sunday morning mid September? Perhaps afterwards we can all talk about our big swim plans for the future! I've got one brewing....

  4. Will, Jeff, and Adam many congratulations to all of you guys on an amazing physical and mental feat!!! Very inspirational and motivating. 11 or so hours of pain and suffering. Must be the most awesome feeling reaching the beach!! This makes Big Shoulders seem like a walk in the park. Have fun and I can't wait to hear the tales you have to tell.

  5. We're planning a NASTi party on the deck at forest park pool to celebrate your triumphs. Let us know when you will be back and available.
    All your training buddies will be there.

  6. Congrats to Adam, Will & Jeff. You guys are so awesome. I have enjoyed training with you all this year. It has been fun.
    I hope that when you all can hold up your arms again you will be back out to Morse.
    I can't wait to hear your stories about your swims. Take care and see you back in Indy soon.

  7. After reading a Lance Armstrong book and Dara Torre's "Age is just a number" I was psyched. After have THREE friends swim the Channel in one month, I was hoping that you guys would co-write something like "The English Channel is just another open swim." LOL

    Ready up for life back in the "Good Ole U S Of A"

  8. So inspired by Adam swimming the English Channel, I pondered what feats I might be up to. Thus, I came up with the only thing I realized I was physically capable of and decided to do it while on vacation. I even had my own crew and feeding schedule! I tried to gain ten pounds in five days! Result: I only got "halfway to France" and only gained five pounds.... We can't all do extrodinary things! Congrats again... amazing.