How Jessi Harewicz Completed The Triple Crown Of Open Water Swimming

Jessie was attracted to open water swimming when training for a triathlon in 2015 and her doctors diagnosed her with a hip condition that pretty much ended her ability to compete in that sport.

She found something else to do.

Jessi said “I just found something else to do. It’s just a matter of discovering what’s available in British Columbia for training because I wanted to have an interesting life.”

What is the Triple Crown Of Open Water Swimming?

3 Iconic Swims

The English Channel  – 32 Kilometers / 21 Miles

The Catalina Channel  – 33 Kilometers / 20 Miles

Swim Around Manhattan – 45 Kilometers / 28 Miles

Just over 200 people have completed this challenge.

in 2016  to prepare for the Triple Crown she completed a 28 Kilometer swim across the Georgia Straight in her home province of British Columbia Canada, becoming the third woman to do so.

In 2017 she completed the swim across the English Channel known as the Everest of swims braving saltier water and strong winds in 17 hours and 35 minutes. The following year she crossed the Catalina Channel in southern California in 15 hours and 30 minutes.

This June she completed the third swim in the Triple crown by completing the 20 Bridges swim and circumnavigating Manhattan Island in 8 hours and 37 minutes.

How does someone go from just starting out in open water swimming less than 5 years ago to completing such an amazing feat?

Practice, she’s in the water over 10 hours a day, but also just an important:

You need the mental toughness. It’s 50 to 80 per cent mental.

When talking about her channel swimming she gave this piece of wisdom:

They say channel swimming is 80% mental 20% the rest. No matter how fast or slow you swim, it’s your ability to adapt to tough conditions.

We are all a lot stronger than we think we are. And sometimes, just sometimes, the stars do align. All the hard work you put into something can translate into a glorious satisfaction. I do spend a lot of time out there. Through the good and the bad, take it as it comes.

Step by step, stroke by stroke, the tide will eventually let you in. You may discover something glorious in the journey!
– Jessi Harewicz in an interview with INNERVOICE

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