elcome to MSathlete! home of Multiple Sclerosis Endurance Athlete Susan Simmons.
THIS YEAR’S MS CHALLENGES:
The Koeye River
This will be my fourth year swimming in the Great Bear Rainforest. Year 1 I swim from Ocean Falls to Bella Bella – a 50km swim over 2 days. Year 2 I spent some time in Lama Pass working my way from Bella Bella toward Fisher Channel. On day one of the swim I encountered some crazy currents and on day 2 a whale swam directly beneath me. Last year I started making my way down Fisher Channel to Namu I will be returning this year to complete my journey to Namu and swim further down the coast to the Koeye. I hope to complete 30-40 kilometres over 2 days. You can learn more here.
Salish Sea 3
At the end of July 2017 I completed a swim across Juan de Fuca Strait – from Port Angeles USA to Victoria Canada. The swim was approximately 33 kilometres and the water temperature between 11 and 13C (51 to 55F). I am the 7th person to swim the strait without the assistance of a wetsuit. Last year I attempted the first ever double crossing of Juan de Fuca Strait. The water was between 9 and 11C. I managed 7.5 hours and then removed myself from the water when I became hypothermic. This year I will be returning to Juan de Fuca swimming from Victoria to Port Angeles. I will also attempt to the swim Haro and Georgia Straits. You can learn more here.