|Uh, I think we have a problem.|
We went to the meet and greet and met up with Jamie Patrick, Evan Morrison, Lynn Kubasek, and I finally got to meet Ned Denison. Ned was at Varne Ridge when I was last month and he talked with my parents but we actually never crossed paths when I was there. He just swam Catalina last week in 8:50 which is a kick butt time. He's quite the inspiring figure. Not just as a swimmer, but as a mentor and coach. He has really ignited the swimmers in Ireland and they all love him. He very deservedly was inducted into the IMSHOF at this conference.
|Ram Barkai, the founder of the Ice|
The next morning we listened to several heroes:
|Diana sharing some pretty|
She's a very good speaker and didn't exhibit any kind of haughtiness that turned her off. I really enjoyed the life lessons she was trying to convey. She was friends with Christopher Reeves. He talked with her about doing the very best she can in life. The challenge he gave her before he died to "live life not one fingernail length better", to really push herself to her limits, is what gave her the idea to relive her dream to swim from Cuba to Florida.
|Craig jumps up on to the stage|
from his chair and says,
"Who needs a ramp?"
What a stud.
Craig and his wife, Christy, sat at our table for lunch and dinner and it was a pleasure getting to know them a little. He asked a few questions about my channel swim. He swam the 5K OW swim event the next day. He's a hero.
|I hope I'm this youthful when I'm 50.|
|Such a funny woman!|
|She mentioned that her trophy|
is appraised a quarter million dollars!
|Strels have got salt!|
Jamie Patrick, Ned Denison, and many others received certificates of their induction in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame.
Jamie after the meeting approached me and challenged me to consider a Tahoe Crossing. My wheels have been turning in my head....
What a fantastic time we had! Definitely one that I'll be attending next year, should it be held in Long Beach, or anywhere else in California.
Thanks to Josh for sharing the pics. Being the doofus I am, I forgot mine.