I’ve gotten a lot of questions about “What was that book that pushed you over the edge?” and “Have you seen…?” I thought I would answer some of these questions.
Books (either read or on the reading list)
So reading about the Channel and open water swimming has become a major past time over this last year. I take notes, mark passages, send things on to my crew, etc. Here are some that I have found inspirational, interesting, and fun for the whole family!
- No Opportunity Wasted: 8 ways to Create a List for the Life You Want by Phil Keoghan
- This is the book that I read that got me thinking “Why am I thinking about if only? I can do this!”
- Swimming to Antartica by Lynne Cox
- Open Water Swimming: A Complete Guide for Distance Swimmers and Triathletes by Penny Lee Dean
- Wind, Waves and Sunburn: A Brief History of Marathon Swimming by Conrad Wennerberg
- Crossing: The Curious Story of the First Man to Swim the English Channel by Kathy Watson
- The Channel Swimming Association, Ltd. book
- The Alcatraz Swimmer’s Manual by Joe Oakes
- Yes this is the Joe Oakes that I trained with down in Nehalem.
- Dover Solo: Swimming the English Channel by Marcia Cleveland
- Haunts of the Black Masseur: The Swimmer as Hero by Charles Sprawson
- Swimming the Channel: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Healing by Sally Friedman
- Nothing Great is Easy: The Des Renford Story by Des Renford
- There is a recent film that came out from the UK called “On a Clear Day” I saw this movie shortly after signing up for the Channel and prior to telling my family. It was so inspirational, I cried. Of course I now own a copy.
Somehow I believe I’m missing some books or movies so check back as I’m sure I will update this entry with more information.Tags: Books, Inspiration, Movies