'One Stroke at a Time' – Compiled by Sue Ochse
A compilation of stories written by open water swimmers accompanied by some remarkable photographs.
If you have an interest in open water swimming, ice swimming, long-distance swimming, adventure, human resilience and determination, mental tenacity and the strength of the human spirit to overcome extreme physical discomfort, then this book is for you.
If you are an aspirant English Channel swimmer or other long-distance swimmer and would like some insights into the secrets of how to mentally cope with the challenges that such swims bring, then this book is for you.
If you love stories of human triumph, pushing the limits and dreams achieved, then this book is for you.
The remarkable colour photographs embellish the highs and lows of the various stories, enhancing the adventures from your armchair.
One stroke at a time is a book comprised of 34 stories written by open water swimmers. Stories of adventures in big seas, unfathomable distances, some in icy waters others where no swimmer has swum before. All reflect a passion for the water and a great sense of adventure. Whether it be an account of a swim to fulfil a lifetime dream or one of the swims comprising the Oceans Seven Challenge, all the stories unlock some of what it takes to swim in the open water.
The stories provide an insight into both the physical and mental side of training for and completing an open water swim. There are tips on nutrition and training preparation peppered throughout. But above all, the reader gets a glimpse into how the mind of an open water swimmer works. We learn the secrets and strategies they employ to get through the self-sabotaging thoughts and often extreme physical discomfort of a swim. Through these stories, we share in the experience of what it takes to be triumphant and learn that we are all capable of far more than we think. The thread that weaves through the book is of how the water provides a container for many emotions, and more often than not for personal growth.
From the frigid Atlantic waters around Robben Island, Cape Point and False Bay in South Africa, to the English Channel, North Channel and Tsugaru Straits. From breaking the ice to swim in the highest lake in the world to break the world record for the longest non-stop swim across lake Malawi. Ice swimming in Lesotho and Antarctica and extraordinary swims of endurance around the Island of Barbados and Easter Island. Each story captures and shares a little of the wonder and thrill of swimming in open water.
This book will motivate you to pursue your swimming dreams!