… so Diana Nyad is going to give it another go… I do believe her this time… that one way or another this will be her last try.  I’m a little disappointed though that she isn’t playing it up as a competition and have a little fun with the rivalry… because my old friend Penny Palfrey is also going to give it a go!  Should be a couple of amazing swims for the record book… one way or another!  Good luck ladies!



It’s official, the Xtreme Dream 2012 is on!

Posted by Xtreme Dream Team on Mar 4, 2012 in Blog, Slider | 17 comments

It’s official, the Xtreme Dream 2012 is on! This summer, I will make the swim from Cuba to Florida, where I will finally crawl up on that shore this summer. I’m a little bit afraid. The pressure’s on. This time I’ve got to make it. I’m excited and finding the best within myself. I want to do this as much for you as for me. I want to live life large and I want you to believe all your dreams are attainable. So here we go!

Penny Palfrey takes on the Cuba to Florida challenge!

After one of Penny's aborted swims in Hawaii... because of the hundreds of Portugese Man'o War stings (see her arms!) click to enlarge
Posted on November 3, 2011 by rokur

If I’m not mistaken, we have a race on our hands, with Diana Nyad continuing to chase her ‘Xtreme dream’ to swim from Cuba to Florida, and now also Penny Palfrey planning to swim from Cuba to Florida in June 2012. Palfrey has the world record for the longest solo unassisted ocean swim without a shark cage, from when she swam from Little Cayman to Grand Cayman in June this year, which these 103 miles to Key West will break. Via loneswimmer.com.

(PS. here’s a clip of Penny training recently in her home town of Townsville, Australia, there are lots of youtube.com video’s of her, but I thought this one was a bit different… it shows exactly where and how she trains on her home turf… kind of like where we train with LOST in Oakville… except for the palm trees and sandy beach!… and the sharks, crocs and box-jellyfish!   Cheers, Rob)

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I founded LOST Swimming because I like open water swimming and would like to see it grow and thrive in Lake Ontario. I started as a competitive swimmer as a kid and ended up getting as far as a silver medal at Nationals and going to the Olympic Trials in 1988. But I retired after that, I was sick of swimming. So I got into running marathons and have run over 35 to date, as well as a few ultra marathons, including the Marathon des Sables (7 day, ultra across the Sahara Desert). I also kind of fell into triathlons and have done a handful of Ironman tri's too. This gradually got me back in the water and in 2006 I took the plunge and attempted swimming the English Channel. I didn't quite make it across, but the circle was now complete and after 17 years I was a swimmer again! Although I still do plenty of pool swimming, I now much prefer open water swimming and like to say that open water swimming is to pool swimming, what trail running is to treadmill running! As a result I hope to encourage more people to join me for a dip in Lake Ontario as often as we can!


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