"Where the Crazy People Swim" - new book about marathon swimming
South End Rowing Club member and recent North Channel soloist Steve Walker has written a book about marathon swimming:
Here's the Amazon description:
Cold-water ultra-marathon swimming is about as tough as it gets. When looking at swims, you ask if anyone has done it, if there are jellyfish, and if anyone has died trying it. On most swims, failure is more likely than success. What drives a person to swim long distances in cold water? Why attempt something could kill you? Where the Crazy People Swim lays bare the mind of a swimmer who honestly and candidly describes his fears, his motivations, and his ultimate goal—not only in swimming, but in life. While covered by a veneer of swimming and honesty about failure both in the water and out, this book is about setting outrageous goals and the definition of success.
I asked Steve to write a brief intro for Forum members, and here it is:
This book is written for anyone aspiring to swim long distances in cold water. For anyone who has done a channel or another similar long swim (or many of them), the stories will resonate. The community around this small sport is incredible but so spread out around the world—it is really great to know that there are others who share this crazy obsession of ours.
The book describes setting outrageous goals, a lot of failure along that path, and as a direct consequence, some amazing swims. In addition to the story, there are a handful of appendices on swimming in cold water, feeding, swimming in the dark, and preparing for a swim. There is also a good discussion of hypothermia, and sections on training and the mental side of the equation.
If you read it, let us know what you think!