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Good books and inspirational movies

July 18, 2007

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.

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2 Responses to “Good books and inspirational movies”

  1. Shanna says:

    Wow! Just logged back on to your website after awhile and am so, so, so proud of you!! you have told me a few times in the past that I’ve been an inspiration to you and I can truly say now that you are inspiring me (and making me feel like a slack 🙂 I’m not exactly sure what you have inspired me to do (and you know me, it could be anything) but it will be something. It makes me happy to read your updates and hear how happy and content you are – it really comes through. it seems like you’ve really found your spot in the world. and oh yeah, i’m going to go and get the 8 ways book 🙂 Keep swimming!

  2. Patty Stich says:

    This website is so amazing and so inspirational. Thans for sharing your experiences and your wonderful journey. You have inspired me to keep my eyes on my goal of swimming the English Channel

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