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Feb
09

Couldn’t You Just Take a Boat?


figgeSwimming is fun, it’s relaxing, it is great exercise and of course, it is a chance to see the world. That is if you’re Jennifer Figge, a 56 year old woman from Aspen, Colorado, who just finished swimming from Cape Verde, Africa to Trinidad in the Caribbean.

Leaving on January 12, Figge braved 30 foot waves, high winds and of course, that simple 2100 mile swim. Originally she had intended to swim to the Bahamas but bad weather forced her to change her course, adding 1000 miles to her trip. You know, no big deal, what’s another 1000 MILES!!!!

Figge is the first woman to complete a solo swim trip across the Atlantic, alongside her was a sailboat that kept pace throughout the journey. Spending at most 8 hours in the water after waking at 7 AM and starting then, she’d have crew members toss her energy drinks as she went along. At night she would eat meat, fish and peanut butter, in an effort to replenish the estimated 8,000 calories she burned a day.

Don’t worry, she’s not done yet, Figge intends to continue on to the British Virgin Islands, where she expects to make land sometime later this month.

“I was never scared,” Figge said. “Looking back, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I can always swim in a pool.”

I’m tired just thinking about this.

[Chicago Tribune]


1 Response to “Couldn’t You Just Take a Boat?”


  1. February 9, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    read the deadspin/huffington post articles proving that this feat is close to impossible. meaning that they’re fudging the numbers. good for her and everything, but to think that she swam 80 miles/per day at an average of 4.75 mph (impossible), and that she admits to not swimming for five days and only swimming for 21 minutes on another, means FAIL.

    EPIC FAIL.

    too bad. good story though.


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