Welcome to MSathlete! home of Multiple Sclerosis Endurance Athlete Susan Simmons.

Have a peek at my upcoming 2017 events:

This year I will be attempting:

  1. A 70 km Voyager Canoe Peninsula Paddle for the Kids. The journey will take me from Brentwood Bay to Victoria Canoe & Kayak Club’s home on the Gorge. You can read more about it here and if you have spare change donations are appreciated. Proceeds will go to the Easter Seals Camp Shawnigan for kids with disabilities.
  2. A swim 35km from Port Angeles to Victoria across Juan de Fuca Strait in 10C water. You can follow my journey including my training on WithMS4MS.com.
  3. The Queen Lili’uokalani Canoe Race along the coast of Hawaii’s Big Island from Kailua Bay to Honaunau.
  4. A fun day of swimming up Finlayson Arm. The distance will be between 25 and 35km. I will be swimming with a few of my friends while some of my other friends are running on land above us in the Coastline Endurance Running – Finlayson Arm 100K, 50K & 28K.

You can read about last year’s swim in the Great Bear Rain forest on the central coast of British Columbia here: Great Bear Swim. I will swim there again this year in July if I am able to arrange transport.

What’s next for MSathlete? Plans are in the works and I hope to announce soon!

70km swim for MS
- part 1 – how to blow your shoulder before a big swim
- part 2 – mental gymnastics
- part 3 – a beautiful start
- part 4 – into the night
- part 5 – pushing through the last 25km

MS Philosophy: there is no such thing as a failed attempt
Every day when I wake up I think about how lucky I am that I was raised to try new things. In many was this is what makes it possible for me to live a productive life with multiple sclerosis.

MS Addiction: got dope?
There are over seventy-five drugs many of us have been prescribed for our Multiple Sclerosis. My drug of choice – dopamine – and I regularly self-medicate.

Multiple Sclerosis in the Raw – a natural state of being I find myself thinking a lot these days. Thinking about Multiple Sclerosis and if I am doing the right things to manage my disease. Not just manage it to the point of being “ok,” – I want to be more than that.

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  1. I have nominated you for a Peace and Harmony Award. I enjoy your blog so much and hope you will accept this award.

  2. Hey Susan!

    Thinking of you up there at the lake! And for the next 4 days I’ll think of you two when I wake up, eat, go to bed, etc. and I’ll be amazed that you are still swimming!! Can’t wait to watch you on the tracker as you finish the swim Sunday night. Good luck!!!

    And when you’re back and rested, I’d like to get one of the MS swim tanks from 2 years ago (blue colour) for my Dad. Not sure if I need large or X-large, so maybe you can bring both by the pool sometime in August.

    OK, get in that water!!!

  3. Support the people with MS that do not have the ability to stand up to MS Canada and save the MS Centre in Victoria…….to sell the centre without a thought of the community that will be displaced….a community of support and services to live with ms….

  4. Please sign me up to get your blog. I have MS and am inspired by your story.


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